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NEWS: Kanye West’s ‘Waves’ Is a Gospel Album?

While much of the entertainment world
focused on a social media tiff taking place between rap mogul Kanye West
and fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa, West dropped another bombshell last
week.

“This album is actually a Gospel album,” West tweeted on Jan 27.

Before
the announcement, the rap mogul exchanged vulgar words with Khalifa on
Twitter about the 28-year-old rapper’s son and child’s mother, Amber
Rose, who also happens to be West’s ex-girlfriend. The Twitter feud
started after West misinterpreted Khalifa’s marijuana reference “KK,” as
him speaking about Kim Kardashian.

After deleting the graphic Twitter exchange, West said God told him not to speak about people’s children anymore.

“God’s dream… Never speak on kids again… all love … all blessings…,” he tweeted.

The
38-year-old West  announced that his upcoming eighth studio album would
change its name from “Swish” to “Waves” ahead of its previously announced Feb. 11 release.

West
has not offered further explanations about why he is calling his album a
gospel record, but he was pictured in a studio with famed gospel music
producer, songwriter and recording artist Kirk Franklin on Jan 28.
Rapper 2 Chainz posted a photographs on his Instagram account with himself, West, producer Mike Dean, stylist ASAP Bari and Franklin in a studio.

Although Franklin has not spoken specifically about working with West recently, he appeared on Shade 45’s radio show “Sway In The Morning” in
2013 where he was questioned about the rapper’s seventh album title
“Yeezus” possibly being blasphemous. Franklin admitted that West was a
friend of his, and even acknowledged that he wished he had come across
the rapper’s 2004 hit single “Jesus Walks” first.

“He’s a good
friend of me. I’m mad at Jesus for not giving me that joint,” Franklin
told radio host Sway Calloway jokingly. “I was like Jesus your boy has
been walking with you.  I love that record still.”

The gospel
musician refused to use the radio show as an outlet to bash West and
explained that speaking on a microphone was a powerful responsibility.
Franklin said he would rather speak to West personally about the matter
instead of addressing the issue of his album title on the public radio
show.

“I
think the microphone is a very powerful tool and you can use it to build
people up or you can use it to kill people,” Franklin said on the radio
show. “And so if my job on earth is to always be a light in somebody’s
life, than I would want to use the tool to always communicate in a way
that I’m going to uplift someone then I might not always do it through
this tool which is the microphone. That may be heart to heart … that
may be a phone call or when I see somebody in person.”

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