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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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