The Biggest Takeaways from Kanye West’s Sunday Service at Coachella

Kanye brought Sunday Service to Coachella on Easter Sunday. Here's everything we learned.

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Three months after kicking off the first Sunday Service in Calabasas, Kanye West brought the series to Coachella on Easter Sunday. Performing on a grassy hill alongside a choir, dancers, and fellow rappers (Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign, etc) Kanye played gospel versions of older songs like "Father Stretch My Hands," “Power,” and “Fade.” He also gave a peek at the direction of his new music when he debuted an unreleased track called “Water,” featuring vocals from Ant Clemons. The performance drew large crowds at Coachella, and the whole thing was livestreamed through a pinhole on YouTube. Here are our eight biggest takeaways from the experience.

The redemption campaign is in full effect

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'TLOP' finally got the full gospel treatment that Kanye had promised

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“This is a gospel album,” Kanye told fans before releasing The Life of Pablo. When the album finally dropped, some were disappointed that the gospel sound didn’t permeate the full project, as they were greeted instead by lines about bleached assholes. But on Sunday, Kanye finally fulfilled his promise for TLOP, as he flipped tracks like “Father Stretch My Hands,” “Ultralight Beam,” and “Fade,” into full-on gospel songs, with the help of a full choir. The soulful renditions even brought some of the performers (including Kanye) to tears at several points in the show. —Eric Skelton

Kanye previews new song called “Water” 🙌🏼🙌🏼

— fat mahomes (@jaycutzz) April 21, 2019

Ant Clemons is Kanye’s new secret weapon

This may not have been the most appropriate time for $200+ merch

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ALL FALLS DOWN. @kanyewest takes us back to his ‘College Dropout’ days for his #Coachella #SundayService performance. 🙌

— HYPEBEAST Music (@hypebeastmusic) April 21, 2019

Is a summer tour on the way?

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