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Fans looking for Kanye West’s new album ‘Jesus is King’ will instead find the trailer for his upcoming IMAX film ‘Jesus is King.’
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Will we ever get to hear “Jesus is King?”

That’s the question fans are asking Friday, hours after Kanye West announced that his upcoming ninth album would be available at midnight, only to delay the release yet again in the wee hours of the morning. 

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“To my fans, thank you for being loyal and patient,” West tweeted overnight. “We are specifically fixing mixes on ‘Everything We Need,’ ‘Follow God,’ and ‘Water.’ We not going to sleep until this album is out!” 

When the album’s release never came, people on Twitter chimed in with memes of West sleeping and jokes about the rapper’s long history of delays. (Kim Kardashian-West first announced back in August that “Jesus is King” would be out last month.)

If one thing did go according to schedule, it was the release of West’s short film “Jesus is King,” which showed in IMAX theaters beginning Thursday night ahead of its week-long run. 

The movie is West at his most pompous and arty, with long shots of dandelions blowing in the breeze, a deer scampering through a field, dark clouds billowing over mountains. Much of the film, which was shot in Arizona last summer and features Bible scriptures intercut throughout, centers on a gospel choir in brown robes singing traditional Christian hymns. Although, they are in silhouette for most of the film’s 31 minutes and their faces are largely obscured.

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West only appears briefly toward the end of “Jesus is King,” to sing a stripped-down version of “808s & Heartbreak” song “Street Lights,” with slightly modified lyrics about God. Joined by a church organist and pianist, and bathed in blue light, the performance is West at his most vulnerable and raw, and mildly redeems what is otherwise a tiresome, seemingly pointless exercise in West’s penchant for showy album promotion. 

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