The Ridiculous Name Kanye West Almost Gave His ‘Yeezus’ Album

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kanye West at a concert in 2016

When Kanye West introduced the title of his sixth album, Yeezus, in 2013, the reactions appeared overwhelmingly detrimental. Many individuals sounded off on the “Jesus Walks” rapper for likening himself to Jesus and complained of his conceitedness. But the reality is, it may have been a heck of rather a lot worse. One of West’s former associates not too long ago revealed the album’s unique title and it’s… rather a lot to absorb.

Kanye West at a concert in 2016
Kanye West at a live performance in 2016 | Photo by Scott Dudelson/FilmMagic

What Kanye West nearly named ‘Yeezus’

The album was nearly named “Thank God For Drugs,” based on Genius.

In early January, West’s former artwork director, Joe Perez — who reportedly labored with the artist on initiatives equivalent to Cruel Summer and The Life of Pablo — shared visible ideas on Instagram for the album that will turn into Yeezus.

One post features a mock cowl that options a picture of a CD case — like the ultimate Yeezus cowl. But the distinction is that the title is scribbled throughout the highest of the portrait in daring, blue letters. The again of the case additionally consists of a picture of a stick determine mendacity beneath a pile of prescription capsules.

“Before naming the album Yeezus, the title was ‘Thank God For Drugs’ and featured art work by [George Condo], Perez captioned the post. Condo additionally created visuals for West’s 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Genius famous that followers had beforehand speculated on the discussion board KanyeToThe that West was contemplating naming the album “Thank God For Drugs,” however their feedback didn’t achieve a lot traction on the time.

It’s unclear what led to the title change, however West revealed the inspiration behind it at an occasion in 2013.

“Simply put, West was my slave name and Yeezus is my god name,” he defined.

Cyhi the Prynce, who’s signed to West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, additionally talked to MTV concerning the title in 2013.

“A lot of people don’t know Yeezus if you break it down is: ‘Ye-Is-us,” he mentioned. “I’ll break it down to you because I don’t care. Ye will let you sit there and beat yourself up about it. He ain’t gonna do no interviews. He gonna be like, ‘Yeah it’s Yeezus and that’s what it’s called and y’all gotta deal with it.’”

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The follow-up to ‘Yeezus’ underwent many title adjustments

According to Billboard, West initially named his seventh album “So Help Me God.” Then he switched it to “Swish” earlier than selecting “Waves.”

But the College Dropout rapper modified it once more after receiving widespread criticism, together with from Wiz Khalifa who focused West for allegedly lifting the phrase from New York rapper Max B.

The finish result was The Life of Pablo, which included standard data equivalent to “Famous” and “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1.”

West went on to launch yet another hip hop album, 2018’s ye, earlier than switching to gospel music. In October 2019, West launched his first full-length gospel album, Jesus Is King, to blended evaluations.

“With God, I’ve been able to beat things that had a full control of me,” West mentioned in an October 2019 interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio.

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