Kanye West made a shock return to music on Christmas Day with the surprise release of a brand new EP. The 43-year-old rap superstar unleashed a 12-minute, five track, extended play album titled Emmanuel and presented by his Sunday Service Choir and produced by the self-proclaimed music "genius." Kanye’s gift to fans was said to be a “celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ” as well as a collection of choral music which was described as: “ancient and Latin inspired new music.”
Emmanuel means “God is with us” and in the bible, Isaiah 7:14, makes an abridged run-down of the classic Nativity story. The verse states: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Emmanuel…”
The EP has five tracks, titled: Requiem Aeternam, O Mira Nox, O Magnum Mysterium, Puer and Gloria and is available via Spotify and Apple Music. Last year, Kanye released a Christmas EP titled Jesus Is Born which debuted at No 2 on the USA’s Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. While the rapper’s album, Jesus Is King, was released in October 2019. Fans of Kanye have been frothing all year for new music – thanks to the rumour that his tenth studio album, Donda, was due to be released this year.
The record had been expected to be released in July but failed to materialise. Kanye has nonetheless had a busy year with a failed presidential election campaign that kicked off in July. While on Christmas Eve, fellow musician Playboi Carti unleashed a new album of his own titled Whole Lotta Red with rap fans stunned to hear Kanye featured on a track titled Go2DaMoon. Fans argued Kanye made the track, with many taking to twitter to argue West was "carrying" the entire two-minute track.