Sunday Service is Kanye West's latest passion project. In the first quarter of 2019, Yeezy has taken a select few to church over the course of 14 Sundays with thunderous performances backed by a gospel choir performing hits from his catalog, along with covers of R&B and gospel gems.
During the March 31 edition, the Chicago native confirmed that Sunday Service would be heading to Coachella for weekend two. The spiritual gathering will take place on Easter Sunday atop a private Palm Springs mountain at 9 a.m. PST. "Sunday Service will be Easter Sunday at Coachella," Yeezy said.
Fans weren't sure what was up after Kim Kardashian shared a clip from the first Sunday Service on Jan. 6. Kanye's cousin and longtime collaborator Tony Williams summed up the service's purpose the following week, saying, "The goal is to be able to communicate love effectively."
From a random DMX cameo to hearing unreleased music, here are our favorite moments from Kanye West's Sunday Service sessions.
8. Sunday Service Kicks Off With Kid Cudi and 070 Shake (Jan. 6)
When Sunday Service rehearsals began the first week of January, Ye stans formulated theories about what this could be leading to. Some predicted a tour announcement from Ye and Kid Cudi in support of their Kids See Ghosts joint album. Clips of the performances landed on Twitter and Instagram courtesy of Kim Kardashian, Mr. Tony Williams and more, as West orchestrated the first of what would go on to be many Sunday Service sermons.
070 Shake made an early guest appearance, teaming with Cudi and Yeezy for their dynamic Ye collaboration "Ghost Town," as well as emotional album closer "Violent Crimes." Backed by the bellowing choir, West and Cudi would link up for KSG standout "Reborn" and The Life ofPablo's "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt.1."
Many have been wondering what happened to Yandhi, the album Kanye announced last September. The project has been delayed indefinitely and diehard fans are always probing the internet for leaked snippets.
There's no way to know if unreleased music heard during Sunday Service could be from Yandhi. Two new songs were heard on Feb. 10, during the session that corresponded to the 15th anniversary of The College Dropout. The first songa can be heard around the 7:30 mark in the video below, and has been rumored to feature the late XXXTentacion and Ty Dolla $ign; the unofficial titles circulating the internet are "Stormy Night" and "We Have Everything We Need."
The second song comes in later in the performance, around the 26:30 mark, and features vocals from emerging artist Ant Clemons, who has been connected to Kanye since 2018.
6. Moves to Adidas Headquarters in Portland (March 5)
Kanye has never been one to spare expenses to execute his vision. That was the case when he gassed up the private jet to fly the entire Sunday Service team to Portland for a special Tuesday edition in front of the folks at Adidas. Ye, sporting dyed red hair, got things rocking on the plane with an epic cover of Soul II Soul's 1989 classic "Back to Life."
West's hair ended up matching the neon-red room where Charlie Wilson popped up for the show. Kanye even got behind the MPC machine and recreated the Fred Hammond-sampling beat that went viral weeks prior. The crew then moved into a soulful "Bound 2" performance with Kanye tweaking the lyrics to "Jesus Walks." "Next time I'm at Adidas, everybody screaming out," he rapped.
5. North Gets in the Zone (March 3, March 17, and April 7)
One of the unsung heroes of Sunday Service has to be the eldest of Kim and Kanye's three children. Five-year-old North wasn't afraid to break out some adorable dance moves to some of her daddy's biggest hits. Kim said the invite-only event is North's "favorite part of the week."
Kim captured a few clips of North strutting front-and-center without her knowing, which were then shared with the world on Twitter and have since amassed hunders of thousands of likes.
North continued to soak in the spotlight with her orange fluorescent, as West let his daughter rock the mic and participate in the latest Sunday Service (April 7). She even traded ad-libs with her dad on the controversial "Lift Yourself."
The hip-hop world has been in mourning ever since the tragic passing of Nipsey Hussle on Sunday, March 31. West added to the outpouring of support by incorporating Neighborhood Nip into the latest Sunday Service (April 7). After sharing a few words about the late Los Angeles rapper, Yeezy played a clip from a previous Hussle interview preaching positivity and self-empowerment. The inspirational message was followed by a soothing performance from the choir of 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius' "Forgiven."
Paying tribute to Nipsey Hussle today during Sunday Service. — @tracyromulus
3. DMX Leads Sunday Service With a Prayer (March 17)
Just when you thought Kanye was out of surprises, the legendary DMX pulled up to lead Week 12 with a powerful prayer in the serene Hollywood Hills. Some of the spoken word from X was actually pulled from Grand Champ's "The Prayer V."
"I am the object of your affection," he barked as the crowed cheered him on. "Your favor surrounds me as a shield and the first thing that people come in contact with is my favored shield. I have favor with everyone that I deal with today. Doors that were once closed are now open for me. I receive preferential treatment and special privileges. I am God's favorite child."
West was reportedly in talks to headline Coachella 2019, but was forced to bow out after the festival couldn't meet his stage-design demands. But on March 31, Kanye broke the news that he would in fact be playing Coachella in the midst of the latest Sunday Service session.
“We were out in Palm Springs and they took us to a little campground, because we were thinking about a little performance in Palm Springs, just a little one," he said. "Then they had a mountain, he had a mountain waiting for us. He had a date waiting for us. Only one date that mountain would be available to us: Easter Sunday at Coachella. That confirmation was confirmed last night."
Yeezy repeated the news once again on what appears to be the plane ride home from Sunday Service. Hearing West making the announcement over the jet's loudspeaker was reminiscent of his cameo in season 4 of Entourage, where he helped Vinny Chase and the rest of the squad successfully make it to Cannes.
1. Kanye West Gets in the Zone Behind His ASR Keyboard – (Feb. 24)
Kim Kardashian told Jimmy Kimmel that Sunday Service is a "healing experience" for those involved. When Kanye West has reached the lowest points in life, he's turned to music, often to incredible results. The most memorable moment from any of the Sunday Services is sure to put a smile on any longtime fan of Kanye West.
Frequent collaborator CyHi The Prynce captured the footage of Ye back at home behind his ASR keyboard, chopping up a soulful Fred Hammond sample.