Kanye West almost quit rap because it was the “devil’s music”

His pastor recounts the rapper’s religious rebirth.

According to Kanye West’s pastor, there was a time when the rapper apparently wanted to quit rap music for good.

Speaking to Christian media outlet Apologia, Adam Tyson, the senior pastor at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, California, said that Ye joined their church earlier this year after he “felt a weight of sin.” “The guilt of sin brought him down low,” Tyson explained during the interview. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”

Tyson also revealed that he managed to stop Ye from giving up his rap career altogether, advising the rapper to use his talent and platform “for God.” “One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson revealed. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I just definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.’”

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Watch the full interview below:

Last month at a preview of his upcoming documentary Jesus is King, West announced that he would no longer be creating secular music, and would focus on “gospel here on out.”

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Ye is set to release his much-delayed album, also titled Jesus is King, this Friday. The drop will coincide with the worldwide premiere of his new docu-film, which released its trailer last week.

A new teaser released Saturday gives a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which was directed by Nick Knight. The documentary was shot at James Turrell’s Roden Crater in Arizona, and features West’s Sunday Service choir.

Check out the new teaser here:

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