Kirk Franklin Speaks Out About Kanye West Project

Gospel music pace-setter Kirk Franklin has finally responded to the mixed reaction he received after pictures of himself and Kanye West spread across social media a couple of weeks back.

The image showing Kanye West, P Diddy, 2 Chainz and others in Kirk Franklin’s Studio coincided with Kanye’s surprising announcement that his upcoming project would in fact be a Gospel album. Kirk Franklin has come under fire by some members of the Christian community who have called him out for working  with the rapper whose 6th studio album was titled Yeezus – a combination of his nick name Yeezy and Jesus, and includes a track called ‘I am God’.

This morning (14th February) Kirk Franklin took to Intsagram to clap back on some of the negative comments he has been receiving since the ‘unlikely’ collabo has been revealed.

“Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again “no Kanye, you’re not good enough”? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he’ll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I’m sorry he’s not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace…and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won’t stop me from running. Pray we win.”

 

Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again “no Kanye, you’re not good enough”? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he’ll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I’m sorry he’s not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace…and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won’t stop me from running. Pray we win.

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Kirk’s IG post was met with a  flurry of likes and comments – most in agreement with his reasoning. However a number of comments suggest that Kirk Franklin’s involvement in an album that is likely to convey messages that contradict Christian principles and will almost certainly be littered with profanity is evidence that the title to his latest album ‘Loosing My Religion’ may have more undertones than they previously considered.

This is not Kirk Franklin’s first ‘Gospel-meets-Secular’ collaboration. The music producer has worked the likes  Jill Scott, Stevie Wonder and Bump ‘N’ Grind singer – R Kelly. So what’s new?

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