Inmates at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas were taken aback on Friday when rapper and singer Kanye West visited the prison and performed during the Sunday Service show. The “I Love It” singer visited the church on Friday morning with 100 crew members that comprised of singers and musicians.
Speaking on the surprise performance of the 42-year-old singer, the law enforcement authorities claimed that Kanye himself organized the entire performance and event. The authorities added that the large religious program of the prison enticed him to perform in the jail.
West performed two separate performances, one for male prisoners and another for female prisoners. Each performance at the Harris County Jail was an hour-long and consisted of a few hundred inmates.
The surprise show consisted of much less grandeur and crowd, still it drew appreciation from many on social media. Author Jared Sawyer Jr., Jason Spencer, the Public Affairs Director for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office; and Keri Blakinger, reporter for Houston Chronicles were among the few who appreciated the singer’s move.
The surprise show at the prison came a couple of days before his show at the Joel Osteen’s megachurch, Lakewood Church located in Houston, Texas. And, to increase the presence of the crowd at the church, a luring announcement of giving away the first 45,000 tickets for free has been made.
Some of the details of the performance at the Lakewood Church were released before West’s visit to Harris County Jail. According to sources, West will be making an appearance at the church twice on Sunday, one at 11:00 am and another at 07:00 pm.
County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez was also present during West’s performance. He even thanked the singer on Twitter for his performance on Friday morning and wrote, “@kanyewest visited us today. I know he has a busy weekend in H-Town surrounding his visit to @lakewoodchurch, so appreciate him and his choir spending time with us.”
West’s performance came amidst the latest criticism of his newfound belief in religion. With the singer’s continuously changing stance on religious beliefs, Kanye or now also known as ‘Ye’ has been criticized for promoting his new religious phase, which is all about his own enrichment.
Overall, the event at the Harris County Jail proved to be successful for Kanye West.