Kanye West releases new album, 'Jesus Is Born,' on Christmas Day

The rapper, who is famous for having trouble releasing his albums on time, unveiled the companion to his "Jesus Is King" right on schedule.

Last October during a sit-down with Zane Lowe, West teased that the "Sunday Service album, 'Jesus Is Born'" would arrive on Christmas Day, leading fans to wonder whether it would be a live album culled from his Sunday Service performances or a tenth studio album of new material.

As promised, the rapper shared the 19-track companion to "Jesus Is King," which is credited to the Sunday Service Choir on streaming platforms on December 25.

West serves as executive producer on the gospel-influenced project, on which some of his earlier hits like "Ultralight Beam" and "Father Stretch" are reinterpreted.


He notably expanded his Sunday Service performances into operas, reconnecting with Italian artist and frequent collaborator Vanessa Beecroft for "Nebuchadnezzar" and "Mary."

While "Nebuchadnezzar" premiered on November 24, the most recent staging of "Mary" took place on December 22 at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

As teased last November, West is currently working with legendary producer Dr. Dre on his tenth studio opus and much-anticipated follow-up to "Jesus Is King," the release date for which remains unknown.

While you wait for the album release, hear West's "Jesus Is Born" below: