Kanye celebrates Easter Sunday with a lit hymn for church choirs to sing. “Ultralight Prayer” is an extension of The Life of Pablo’s “Ultralight Beam,” and just like “Beam,” this track features Kirk Franklin speaking that gospel while Kelly Price and choir provides soul-stirring vocals.
Obviously, Franklin doesn’t give a damn about the backlash he battled after being spotted with Kanye or he wouldn’t have done “Prayer.” Recently, the controversial gospel musician defended ‘Ye against Christians who felt the rapper/producer was too “anti-Christ” for Franklin to strike a friendship with:
I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again “no Kanye, you’re not good enough”? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious.
“I will not turn my back on my brother,” Franklin also wrote on his Instagram following the release of “Ultralight Beam.” He continued, “I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he’ll have me, and however long the race takes.” Franklin also sarcastically apologized to Christians he disappointed for hanging out it with Kanye, adding, “To a lot of my Christian family, I’m sorry he’s not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace … and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won’t stop me from running. Pray we win.”