Rap, fashion, politics, gospel: Kanye West’s career evolution is boundless. In today’s episode of Keeping Up with Kanye, the rapper has announced that he'll stage his first ever opera, entitled 'Nebuchadnezzar', taking place at the Hollywood Bowl on November 24th.
Kanye shared the gold Nick Knight-designed invite with his 29 million Twitter followers this weekend. While we know little at this point about what the opera will entail, the announcement notes reveal there will be music from West’s Sunday Service collective, alongside Peter Collins and Infinities Song, and direction from West's long-time collaborator, Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft.
So, scratching your head over who Nebuchadnezzar is? In short, he was a Babylonian King who was mentioned in Old Testament and later punished for his arrogance. Kanye has previously compared himself to Nebuchadnezzar.
“Nebuchadnezzar was the king,” Kanye explained during a recent interview with Zane Lowe. “And he looked at his entire kingdom and said, ‘I did this.’ And God said, ‘Oh, for real? You did this?’” The hip-hopera news comes after West - who recently released his ninth studio album, Jesus Is King - declared himself “the greatest artist that God has ever created,” while visiting pastor Joel Osteen in Texas.
The spiritual element of West’s opera is somewhat unsurprising, considering his weekly Christian gathering known as the Sunday Service. Debuted in January, it’s since become one of a Hollywood’s most exclusive events. “I think he was doing something really special there,” according to regular attendee, Brad Pitt. “It’s a pure celebration of life and people. It’s really delightful.”
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