Kirk Franklin Defends His Friendship With Kanye West: ‘He Is My Brother’
Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again "no Kanye, you're not good enough"? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he'll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I'm sorry he's not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace…and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won't stop me from running. Pray we win.
Kanye West’s new album, The Life of Pablo, has rubbed people the wrong way — particularly outside of the secular community. Gospel star Kirk Franklin is a contributor on the project and some Christians feel that it wasn’t a good look for him. Franklin, however, disagrees.
On Sunday (Feb. 14), Franklin went on his Instagram page to defend his friendship with Yeezy and his appearance on the TLOP track, “Ultra Light Beam.” The pair performed the spiritual song on Saturday Night Live over the weekend along with Kelly Price, The-Dream and a gospel choir.
“Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with,” he said. He later added, “I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he’ll have me, and however long the race takes.”
“To a lot of my Christian family, I’m sorry he’s not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace,” he continued. “And as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won’t stop me from running. Pray we win.”
Although West’s content on TLOP is a little abrasive, the mercurial rapper-producer always had a spiritual bent to him; beginning with his Grammy-winning 2005 single, “Jesus Walks,” and now with “Ultra Light Beams” and “Father Stretch My Hands” on TLOP.
As the good book says, “let he who hath no sin cast the first stone.” We are all imperfect — not even Kirk or Kanye — so let the brothers create G.O.O.D. music for the masses.
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