Rapper Kanye West has released a new song that references Chick-fil-A amid reports that he's leaving mainstream, secular music behind.
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The song, "Closed on Sundays," name-checks the popular Christian-owned fast-food restaurant that is closed Sundays to honor the Sabbath.
According to recordings of the song, and a report by the New York Times, portions of the songs warn against the dangers of social media and call for people to turn to Jesus Christ.
"Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A," the song begins, according to Business Insider. It later adds, "Hold the selfies, put [Instagram] away," and "Follow Jesus, listen and obey."
Kanye west /closed on Sunday https://t.co/mqkC3nnEYJ— Hecswank (@Hecswank) 1569816180.0
Chicago music industry insider Andrew Barber, who was reportedly in attendance at a recent Chicago listening party for West's forthcoming album, "Jesus is King," tweeted Monday that West decided to leave the secular music industry.
Barber said that during the listening party, West, a Chicago native, "also announced that he is no longer making secular music. Only Gospel from here on out."
Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music. Only Gospel from here on out.— Andrew Barber (@Andrew Barber) 1569730026.0
At the time of this writing, West's album — which was reportedly slated to be released at the end of September — has yet to find a firm release date.
West announced the new album, chockfull of Christian-sounding track titles, via wife Kim Kardashian's Twitter account in August.
On Monday, Imax announced an exclusive film collaboration between the company and West based on the rapper's forthcoming album. The film, which will debut exclusively in Imax theaters beginning Oct. 25, follows West's famed Sunday Services.
Imax revealed details of the project in a statement.
"Filmed in the summer of 2019, Jesus Is King brings Kanye West's famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell's never-before-seen installation in Arizona's Painted Desert," Imax said. "This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with music from his new album Jesus Is King — all presented in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of Imax."
West has been holding what he refers to as "Sunday Service" performances since earlier in 2019. The shows feature gospel renditions of the West's songs as well as performances of Christian music.
In September, West delivered a fiery sermon in an Atlanta church, preaching "radical obedience" to Jesus Christ.
"You sent your son to die for us, and all you ask is for radical obedience to you," West told congregants inside the jam-packed church. "You're not asking us to do the least. You know how people are like, 'At least I ... ' how are we gonna do the least when he did the most?"
He continued, "I've seen him work miracles in my life. You know the devil presents so many flashy, shiny objects. I've seen everything that the devil could've showed you via TV, videos, car dealerships, jewelry, houses, and I'll tell you ... nothin' beats God ... and a sound mind."
West pointed out that the only thing people should be concerned with is "the opinion of God."
"I know we say this is the culture, or that is the culture," he added. "To be radically in service to Christ is the only culture that I want to know about.
"Thank you for saving me, replenishing me, for delivering me," West praised. "When I found out about you ... I got closer to my children. I got closer to my family, 'cause the devil had me chasing a gold statue, had me chasing cars, had me chasing numbers ... the power of God cannot be calculated by a number, a first week sale, by a bank account, by how many cars you drive, by how big your houses is, how many acres you got."
"It's God inside of us," he insisted. "It's God inside of family. It's God inside of friendship that we hold each other accountable. If you see somebody slipping, you tell them. They be coming at me like, 'Why are you so judgmental?' It ain't for me to judge, but I'm gonna tell them what I see."