Coachella and church are probably two of the last things you would ever associate with one another — until now. Thanks to Kanye West, weekend two Coachella-attendees had the opportunity to ring in the final day of the festival with Kanye's Sunday Service, in one of the most Kanye performances of his career.
A few weeks ago, we learned Kanye would bring his mysterious Sunday Service to the second weekend of Coachella — on Easter Sunday to be exact — because of course. The event began at 9 A.M., and despite the early hour, 50,000 festival-goers woke up (or never went to sleep) to attend the spiritual service.
The performance, which lasted just over two hours, took place on a multi-tiered man-made mountain in the middle of the campgrounds. In addition to the man of the hour himself, Kanye was joined by a group of dancers and choir singers, all dressed in matching mauve sweatsuits and ponchos. Also joining in the festive garb were the fellow A-list artists who performed with the ensemble.
He also had a pop-up store where attendees could shop practically sacrilegiously-priced "Church Clothes," which included $225 sweatshirts and a pair of socks that went for $50 a pop.
The event, which you could livestream through a fisheye lens, started with the choir singing Gospel hymns, including Gospel versions of some of Kanye's own songs, such as "Ultralight Beam" and "Power." The rapper-turned-holy man also debuted a new song called "Water," featuring vocals from Ant Clemons, who you can also hear on Kanye's track "All Mine" from Ye.
In addition to all the celebrities watching from the crowd, various rappers and singers took to the mountaintop to perform. Those artists included, Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, and — oddly enough — DMX, too.
Other than "Water," the only other songs Kanye personally performed were classics "All Falls Down" and
"Jesus Walks," which ended with Kanye collapsing onto his knees, moved to tears. And oh were there tears. Just check out the below video of Kanye covering his face as Kid Cudi, DMX, and Chance lent their support
Of course, Kanye's family showed their support as well, with Kim posting a touching tribute to her husband, and Kendall sharing three videos accompanying a caption that reads "happy easter! feeling blessed today." North, who has become a staple of Kanye's Sunday Service, danced alongside her friend Ryan — the daughter of Kanye's longtime publicist, Tracy Nguyen Romulus.
Overall, the responses to Kanye's Sunday Service have been positive. We're curious to see what's next from the ever-evolving Mr. West. A new album, perhaps?