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Kanye West drops surprise EP Emmanuel as a ‘celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ’


KANYE West shocked fans with a surprise Christmas gift on Friday as he suddenly dropped his new religious EP, Emmanuel.

The five-track Christian album is a “celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ” and includes the rappers’ Sunday Service choir group. 

The rapper surprise dropped his latest album, Emmanuel

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The rapper surprise dropped his latest album, Emmanuel Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The five-track EP is a 'celebration of the birth of Jesus'

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The five-track EP is a ‘celebration of the birth of Jesus’

Kanye, 43, served as both executive producer and composer of the record which also features his signature voice. 

In addition to exploring various religion themes, the new compositions are also inspired by sounds from ancient and Latin music. 

Emmanuel features just five songs –  REQUIEM AETERNA, O MIRA NOX, O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM, PUER and GLORIA. 

The 12-minute album is named after a Biblical prophecy from the Gospel of Matthew and each track references the Bible as well. 

The religious singing group is led by Kanye both onstage and behind the scenes

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The religious singing group is led by Kanye both onstage and behind the scenes Credit: Splash News
The rapper produced and composed his latest musical project

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The rapper produced and composed his latest musical project Credit: Splash News

Emmanuel comes after the rapper promised he would drop his album, DONDA, on July 24.

Fans believe he postponed its release due to the massive success of nemesis Taylor Swift‘s surprise album, folklore – which dropped on the same day.

To this day, DONDA – which is named after Yeezus’ mom – has not yet been released with no details on if or when it will finally come out.

Grammy-winner Kanye first delved into the religious music space with his 2019 project, Jesus Is King – which was also released on Christmas. 

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DONDA the album has still not come out after its scheduled July release date

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DONDA the album has still not come out after its scheduled July release dateCredit: Twitter
Taylor Swift surprised dropped her album, folklore, on Kanye's original release date

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Taylor Swift surprised dropped her album, folklore, on Kanye’s original release date Credit: Getty – Contributor

Kanye began Sunday Service, his weekly religious ceremony where the choir wears matching outfits, back in January 2019.

Due to the events massive success, he moved the invitation-only ceremonies from the Calabasas property he shares with wife Kim Kardashian to a U.S. and then international tour.

Kim and their kids joined Kanye at a Sunday Service at their Wyoming ranch in August.

Together, the couple share four kids: North, 7, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 1.

Sunday Service started in Calabasas but moved to Wyoming during the pandemic

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Sunday Service started in Calabasas but moved to Wyoming during the pandemic Credit: Instagram
Kanye leads the large choir that don all-matching ensembles

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Kanye leads the large choir that don all-matching ensembles Credit: Instagram
Kanye's Sunday Service choir has taken their talents to the water

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Kanye’s Sunday Service choir has taken their talents to the water Credit: Instagram

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star took to Instagram to document the rapper’s alternative church event as it took place for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.

She kicked off her Instagram Stories by filming a man walking to a piano as the Sunday Service choir followed behind as their kids danced along.

Kanye’s famous family is currently celebrating Christmas together in Lake Tahoe but in the SKIMS founder’s latest Instagram post, the Yeezy mogul was noticeable absent. 

Kim, 40, posed with her sisters KendallKhloeKourtneyScott Disick, her mom Kris Jenner and Kris’ boyfriend Corey Gamble for the cute family snap against a snowy backdrop.

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Kanye was noticeably absent from the Kardashian family photo on Christmas

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Kanye was noticeably absent from the Kardashian family photo on ChristmasCredit: Instagram

She captioned the shot: “Tahoe w the fam.”

The KKW Beauty founder also revealed she’d been baking with her kids North, seven, and Chicago, two.

“Getting festive with our garlic bread tonight. Made by me and North and Chi,” she wrote alongside a snap of bread shaped like a Christmas tree.

Kim and Kanye remain together following their tumultuous year

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Kim and Kanye remain together following their tumultuous year Credit: Instagram
The rapper shares four kids with wife Kim Kardashian

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The rapper shares four kids with wife Kim Kardashian Credit: Instagram

Kanye’s apparent absence from the family holiday comes amid claims he and Kim plan to reunite at the Wyoming ranch for Christmas.

After a tough year that saw Kanye’s failed presidential bid put a strain on their marriage, the two are now allegedly “content” being apart. 

However, after spending time in different states, the family was expected to come together to enjoy Christmas together.

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