the world learned that Kirk Franklin and Kanye West would collaborate
on the rapper’s record, the gospel musician’s protégé, Christon Gray,
was praying for the situation.
Franklin surprised people by
appearing on rapper Kanye West’s album The Life Of Pablo, where he is
heard praying on the song “Ultra Light Beams,” earlier this year.
However, before 46-year-old gospel music legend Kirk Franklin entered
the studio with West, he called on his 30-year-old mentee to pray for
“He just hit me up and just asked for prayer that if
it was an environment that did not really fit what he’s trying to do,
that he would have the strength to say no,” Gray told Hip Hop DX.
“‘Cause it is Kanye and they had legends in the room. I wanted to be in
the room. Andre 3000 was in there and I was like, ‘bruh, can we meet?'”
some have questioned why Franklin would be spending so much time with a
rapper who frequently engages in public rants, named his sixth album
“Yeezus” and uses profane lyrics in his music, Gray explained why he
wanted to intercede on behalf of his mentor.
“He’s not trying to
just be associated with any and everything, but he loves Kanye and he
loves everybody. But you know, people are gonna look at Kirk Franklin,”
Gray said. “I feel like he knew he was gonna get heat for it, so he just
wanted to make sure that his motives was right.”
West were first pictured in a studio when an image on Instagram surfaced
on Jan. 29. Since then, 38-year-old West spoke highly of Franklin, 46,
in interviews and featured the gospel producer, songwriter and artist on
his latest album.
In an interview with Hip Hollywood, Franklin revealed how he got involved in the project.
asked me to be a part of this one song and it’s very clear what I
represent. No profanity, or something that is outside of my faith or
what I preach,” Franklin said. “I’m just here to walk out life with
people, and whoever. I’m not a pastor to the stars, I ain’t trying to be
all that, My job is to just win people to God.”
Franklin appeared on “Saturday Night Live” to perform the song with West, singers Kelly Price
and the Dream. For the gospel artist, West is not beyond God’s grace.
a Christian I’m trying to be what God wants me to be to whoever, and
nobody is beyond receiving Him,” he said. “Nobody’s unforgivable, or
Gray doesn’t see anything wrong with Franklin’s collaboration.
really respect him for being so close with Kanye and being so close
with Kanye and sticking up for him, man. Ye’s like, is one of my biggest
musical inspirations, but just beyond that, I’ve listened to him and
I’ve just heard just a dude, just a regular dude,” Gray said. “He’s
passionate about what he believes and he speaks about it. I think more
people should do that and Kirk recognizes that, too. So I don’t think he
has a problem rocking with him.”