Kanye West didn’t have time to finish his long-delayed “Jesus is King” album — but he did have time promote it on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday night.
A half-hour into the show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the host introduced Ye’s appearance.
“Not only is this a guest from the West, it literally is a West,” said Kimmel, whose show normally broadcasts from Hollywood Boulevard in LA but is in New York for the week. West stopped by just hours before a premiere party for his as-yet-unseen album, “Jesus Is King,” and companion film at the Forum in LA.
West strode onstage to huge cheers, a standing ovation and a hug from Kimmel. Wearing a blue hoodie, single neck chain and a big smile, West gazed up to the balcony as if to the heaven and welcomed the enthusiastic greeting.
West’s wildly-anticipated record has seen many delays and false starts — including one earlier Thursday when he presumably announced a midnight drop via Twitter. So Kimmel’s first question cut to the chase: “When is this album coming out?”
“It’s going to be dropping 12 AM. Oh, it’s out now,” West erroneously responded, as the album didn’t debut as planned. Surprise! (More on that later.)
Kimmel showed a brief clip of West’s 6-year-old daughter North dancing in front of a screen showing footage from his IMAX film before Ye launched into a somewhat rambling exhortation about his own blossoming spirituality.
West suggested that raising a daughter with wife Kim Kardashian entirely changed his outlook on his life.
“I love the fact that my daughter wants to go to church,” said West. ”She has such a positive thought association going to church because everyone it’s outside of the traditional four walls and outside of the pews.
“And now that God has called me and I now have given my life to Jesus Christ,” he continued before getting interrupted by cheers from the BAM audience. “Now we have Christian innovation in our time.” West’s own “innovation” includes banning premarital sex for people who have worked on the pending album by the self-professed “porn addict.”
During his sermon-esque visit he suggested that God was using him, his family and choir “to show off,” professing, “We’re in complete service to God.”
And when Kimmel asked if he felt “born again” and whether he considered himself a “Christian music artist now,” Kanye responded, with folded arms and a big smile, “I’m just a Christian everything,” bringing more cheers.
West’s visit concluded with a brief, 30-second clip from his film, which was at least partly filmed at the artist James Turrell’s Roden Crater in Flagstaff, Ariz. Kimmel also announced that West will return to his show in Brooklyn for a performance from his new, as-yet-unseen album Friday night.
About that: At 1:18 a.m., West tweeted a note to fans, thanking them for “being loyal and patient” and saying his team was “fixing mixes” on three songs: “Everything We Need,” “Follow God” and “Water.”
He concluded, “We not going to sleep until this album is out!”
Something tells us it’s been a long, sleepless night.