Hear Kanye West’s Spiritual ‘Ultralight Prayer’
Rapper reworks ‘The Life of Pablo’ opener for Easter to focus on Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price and choir’s contribution
Kanye WestÂ celebrated Easter Sunday with “Ultralight Prayer,” a reworked version ofÂ The Life of Pablo‘s opening track “Ultralight Beam” that focuses entirely on the contributions of gospel singer Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price and a choir. The track features no instrumentation, just powerful voices.
Franklin’s song-ending sermon featured on the still-in-the-worksÂ Life of PabloÂ is extended for “Ultralight Prayer,” with the gospel singer and his choir ringing out, “That’s why we need more [faith] / I’m searching for you, I’m looking for [more] / Yes I am / In your arms is where I feel [safe] / They’re killing our babies in the streets, I’m call out for [war] / I just need a little bit more of some [faith].”
It’s unclear if “Ultralight Prayer” is its own Easter entity or whether West substituted “Ultralight Beam” on the album. The rapper is still tinkering withÂ his new, Tidal-only album ”“ which he called a “living breathing changing creative expression” ”” so far altering theÂ Taylor Swift-baitingÂ “Famous” and reinstatingÂ Sia and Vic Mensa’s original “Wolves” vocalsÂ back onto the track while isolating Frank Ocean’s “Wolves” outro as its own song. When West does finishÂ work onÂ The Life of Pablo,Â he promises it won’t be released on compact disc.
On March 19th, the rapperÂ briefly opened a pop-up shopÂ in New York to sellÂ Life of Pablo-branded merchandise. West later tweeted that the storeÂ sold $1 million worth of clothingÂ over the course of 20 hours.