Franklin and West collaborated on the song “Ultralight Beam,” so host Ebro Darden wanted Franklin’s take on West’s “spiritual Christian experience” that features gospel music but no preaching.
“Let that be his medicine, he ain’t making no loot doing it,” Franklin responded.
“You could always tell intent by how people spend their money. How people spend their money is a reflection of their heart. And so the fact that this is something that he’s doing on his own, let that be his medicine.”
As noted by The Christian Post, the gospel music icon noted that the rapper most likely uses his Sunday Services as a tool to heal his mind, body and soul following as be battles through mental illness.
“Let’s let people heal,” Franklin stressed. “I think at people’s core, everybody’s just looking to be healed inside because we all coming with childhood trauma, especially people of color. We come with PTSD already straight out the womb, but we impact so much of culture while we still broken. So we’re always walking with this tension but we move the needle.”
Meanwhile, Franklin and gospel singer Erica Campbell also spoke about West with Atlanta Black Star and shared their thoughts on mainstream artists making Christian music.
“For somebody to be selling that many records and be having that much success and go, ‘I want to do a gospel record,’ God is doing something in their heart,” Campbell said. “Unfortunately, some people feel like we’re an exclusive club and if your life is not pristine, don’t do it. [But] if your life’s supposed to be pristine then would not one of us be singing.
“Let them start where they start and let God do the work,” she continued. “You can’t sing about Jesus too long without Him changing you. … Let ’em all do records! [Lady] Gaga, all y’all! Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj — do gospel records! Keep singing about Jesus, because when you call Him, He answers.”
When Kim Kardashian hit up “Jimmy Kimmel Live” earlier this year she described West’s Sunday Service.