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Interview with Drew Shirley of Switchfoot. Conducted on Tuesday, April 15, 2020
Well, Kanye West is for Jesus, and he’s gathering one of the motliest crew of celebrities, hip-hop fans, artists, believers, and sceptics that the world has ever seen.
Kanye West brings much-needed energy, innovation and musical integrity to Christian music. Although the beginnings of this new path may not be as polished as they could be, West’s faith will continue to positively inform his creative practice and Christian music will be better for it in the long run.
The previous versions of Jesus Christ Superstar either played it far too safely and stereotypically or got it right on the money with a deeply sobering ending and even a wink at a potential resurrection. The 2013 version pulled out all the stops to make a mockery of the whole thing.
In This is America, what does it mean that Donald Glover is the figure of violence and aggression, rather than a white actor? What does it mean for him to be running from the police at the end? The video clearly references mass shootings, but is it simply advocating gun control?