Did Kanye West’s Sunday Service Crew Get Fired?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kanye West at an event in 2018

Kanye West and his Sunday Service choir seem to be household. They got here collectively greater than a 12 months in the past to unfold gospel to the lots and have been there for one another all through some powerful occasions. But current reviews say that there’s been some drama behind the scenes, resulting in the alleged firing of dozens of crew members.

Kanye West at an event in 2018
Kanye West at an occasion in 2018 | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

What is Sunday Service?

Launched in early 2019, Sunday Service has been described as a pop-up church expertise. The location varies week by week, but it surely’s been held in lots of locations across the nation — from West’s native Chicago to Houston.

When explaining it to David Letterman on the Netflix present My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, West mentioned: “It’s just an idea that we had to open up our hearts and make music that we felt was as pure and as positive as possible. And just do it for an hour every Sunday and have something where people can come together and feel good with their families.”

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The choir appeared on West’s first gospel album, Jesus Is King, which debuted in October 2019 to good opinions. Later, the crew put out an album of their very own, December 2019’s Jesus Is Born, which met near-universal acclaim. Pitchfork was amongst those who praised the venture, describing it as “a joyous, all-consuming wave of sound.”

What’s occurring with Kanye West’s Sunday Service crew?

The music web site AllHipHop reported on Feb. 21 that 30 folks from the obvious 80-member crew have been let go. A supposed insider informed the outlet that West was not the one who made the decision, but it surely’s unclear who did.

“They did not see it coming,” the supply mentioned of the crew members. “This is a mix of people, many that are not young, and they still want to make it.”

The insider famous that many crew members had left jobs to work for West and claimed that they’re now left with none safety, as they don’t seem to be union employees. But the supply additionally mentioned that they allegedly weren’t paid that nice from the start.

“As far as pay, they were not paid particularly well, I was told, unless $500 for three days of work is good to you,” the AllHipHop author continued. “I think they were motivated by more than that, my opinion.”

Kanye West's Easter Sunday Service at Coachella in 2019Kanye West's Easter Sunday Service at Coachella in 2019
Kanye West’s Easter Sunday Service at Coachella in 2019 |Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times by way of Getty Images

As of writing, West has not addressed the report. But nonetheless, Sunday Service has continued — as just lately as Feb. 23. That day, Kim Kardashian West took to her Instagram Story and posted movies of the ceremony that have been seen by Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

In the clips, the choir was proven singing gospel-inspired remixes to Evelyn “Champagne” King’s “Love Come Down” and Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” and “Ballin’.” Even Justin Bieber made an look, belting out his rendition of Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” earlier than the group.

What’s subsequent for the Sunday Service choir?

TMZ reported in January that West intends to take his service globally. Sources informed the outlet that he needs to kick issues off in Europe and Africa earlier than increasing to different continents.

Insiders additionally famous that West allegedly will now not tour for his personal music however mentioned he “does plan to keep recording gospel tunes with his choir.” He’s even apparently interested by making a follow-up to their album, Jesus Is Born. So get able to see extra of them quickly.

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