Rap legends Kanye West and Dr. Dre announced Monday they are collaborating on a follow-up to West’s recent “Jesus Is King” album.
West, a rapper and producer, released “Jesus Is King” last month. It was noteworthy for its overtly Jesus-centered messaging following West’s conversion to Christianity.
Now, fans of the first album have official assurance from West that a sequel — aptly titled “Jesus Is King Part II” — is on the way.
“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” West tweeted Monday.
Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon. pic.twitter.com/wTKFgXQQXQ
— ye (@kanyewest) November 18, 2019
Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Romelle Young, posted a near-identical tweet on his own page:
Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II Coming Soon pic.twitter.com/Isr0TrijB8
— Dr. Dre (@drdre) November 18, 2019
However, in Rolling Stone’s 2010 “100 Greatest Artists” list, West had high praise for his fellow rapper and producer.
“The more I learned about producing hip-hop, the more I respected what Dre was doing,” West said. “He’s the definition of a true talent.”
Monday’s announcement means West has at least two albums currently in the works.
Following the release of “Jesus Is King,” West told Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe he’d be releasing a Sunday Service album called “Jesus Is Born” on Christmas Day, according to Complex.
In addition to those two albums, West on Sunday announced an opera called “Nebuchadnezzar.”
Invite artwork by Nick Knight pic.twitter.com/U7IBqe1Gxk
— ye (@kanyewest) November 17, 2019
“A Kanye West Opera,” an image of a plaque posted by West reads.
The opera will be performed on Nov. 24 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
— Hollywood Bowl (@HollywoodBowl) November 17, 2019
The title of the opera comes from the book of Daniel in the Bible.
In that book, one of the main characters — King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the Babylonian Empire — is humbled by God and lives like a wild animal before God restores him as king.
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