There’s a reason rapper Kanye West has been holding invite-only, church-style services on Sundays at his home and various locations. The hip-hop superstar has become a “born again Christian.”
During an Apple Music event called “Queen Radio,” female rapper Nicki Minaj revealed that West told her in 2016 he had become a “born-again Christian.” Minaj said West told her his conversion came when he was hospitalized, and later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
“Sometimes in the music business, we think that other artists don’t believe in God or aren’t spiritual as we are,” Minaj said. “Then when you find people—because I was just with Kanye—and he told me he’s a born-again Christian now.”
“Like, my first instinct was, ‘I’m so proud of you,’ because I could see there’s a peace that he has now that just surpasses everything,” Minaj added. “And that’s what I find God gives you. And I love when I see men that are man enough to embrace God.”
Kanye West is doing more than professing his faith in the Christian religion. He is demonstrating his faith by putting it into action.
West is financing the construction of a dome-like housing community on 300 acres of Calabasas, California land he purchased several years ago.
West has told sources familiar with the project that he is hoping to break the typical divide of classes in America that separate the poor from the rich. The ultimate goal is to use the dome houses as low-income housing units.
West also has plans to open his own church where his invited guests can stay for several weeks to worship during his “Sunday Services.” Earlier this month a source told The Sun newspaper that, “Kanye wants to develop a Church which introduces a new way to celebrate faith, bringing religion into the 21st century.”
The source continues, “His faith is massively important to him and he thinks this is the way to engage young people. He thinks it will surpass Hillsong, which has churches in 21 countries and is hugely popular in Los Angeles with the likes of Justin Bieber.”
His services are completely focused on worshiping rather than delivering sermons. Wife, Kim Kardashian says that the services are meant to be a time of healing for the participants.