During an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” on Saturday, Kanye West revealed his plans to launch a gospel university aimed at training Christian singers.
For roughly three hours, the recently converted rap artist talked candidly about his relationship with God, the music industry, his presidential campaign, and current hot-button issues such as abortion and racism.
West also discussed his desire to reimagine gospel music and to launch a university.
“The songs that we’re doing at Sunday service is basically my book of hymns for the future gospel university that I’m creating,” West told Rogan. “I’ve envisioned and will manifest a 200,000-seat stadium, circular, with 100,000 gospel singers.”
West compared the type of training students would receive at his university to that of athletes who are competing for the Olympics or other professional sports.
“People will go to this university and they will train the way a Russian Olympic swimmer [does]. Picture like they will be in the pool, six days a week, at least, if not seven days,” West described.
West told Rogan that those who sing during worship services do so voluntarily as a “tithe or pro bono.” He explained that those who attend his university would go through more rigorous training.
“People don’t practice that as much as we practice going to the studio to rap, or practice playing basketball for the NBA,” West said. “It’s making the NBA, so to say, the Colosseum for God. Have you heard like soccer chants with 60,000 people? I envision that for God — 100,000 people sometimes singing in harmony.”
When describing the impact his university would have on people, West said “Picture 100,000 people in unison… and what that would do for our spirits, our souls. It’s healing.”
During an interview with Nick Cannon earlier in September, West shared that he had poured $50 million into his Sunday Services in 2019. He believes God had blessed him greatly because of his sacrifice.
“I spent $50 million last year on Sunday Service if you add up the operas, if you add up the flights. It was 120 people going to Jamaica,” West told Cannon.
“One of the interesting things is for Sunday Service, I actually had to design wardrobe all the time. I spent every dime that I have from marketing from Yeezy on Sunday Service — every dollar I had,” he further revealed.
West and his Sunday Service choir traveled the country last year, performing in Coachella, Skid Row in Los Angeles, Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, and even Jamaica.