Kanye West returned to his hometown to spread his gospel music. The rapper hosted a Chicago edition of his weekly Sunday Service performance and offered free entry. He entranced the crowd with motivational words and several of his hit songs during the 90-minute event.
Though the event was free, attendees required tickets to gain entry. According to ABC 7 Chicago, these tickets sold out in less than an hour. Those who were lucky enough to snag one made sure they lined up early enough to get a good spot. Before the outdoor venue opened its gates, thousands lined the streets and braved stormy weather in order to get a chance to see the rapper.
Crowd waiting to get in to stage area for Kanye West Sunday Service in Chicago pic.twitter.com/DGpF5Y5emr
— Joshua Mellin (@JoshuaMellin) September 8, 2019
Line is getting LONG ahead of Kanye West’s #SUNDAY #SERVICE @ Northerly Island. #chicago #Kanye #West @kanyewest @KimKardashian @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/LidjfOPGG2
— DIANE PATHIEU (@pathieuabc7) September 8, 2019
“Watch this. This is my city,” Kanye said to a security guard before parting the crowd himself.
Kanye West at Sunday Service in #chicago: “watch this, this my City” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5RLw5qx56Z
— Modern Notoriety (@ModernNotoriety) September 8, 2019
Kanye maneuvered to the center of the crowd and rapped “Jesus Walks” with the help of several gospel singers.
I just first hand witnessed @kanyewest smile for 90 straight minutes 🤗🥰 #SundayService pic.twitter.com/z2fbXkklyL
— Madeline Clauff (@MClauff) September 8, 2019
@kanyewest Sunday Service🔥🔥🎶 pic.twitter.com/j3vwCsyqsC
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐄𝐧𝐳𝐨𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐯𝐚 💛 (@BigPapiESilva) September 8, 2019
Kanye surprised attendees by inviting another Chicago native, Chance the Rapper, to the stage to perform a rendition of “Ultralight Beam.” The crowd went wild as Chance rapped the verse, “I met Kanye West / I’m never going to fail.”
I MET KANYE WEST IM NEVER GOING TO FAIL! @chancetherapper #sundayservice pic.twitter.com/dy6yjj7M65
— PordLorno🎡🤠 (@JimTacticZ) September 8, 2019
Chance The Rapper performing ‘Ultralight Beam’ at Kanye West’s Sunday Service In Chicago. pic.twitter.com/P1IHqIoVSV
— DatPiff (@DatPiff) September 8, 2019
Watch more fan-captured footage of Kanye West’s Sunday Service below.
Kanye West Sunday Service is on another level pic.twitter.com/GRyctie1DL
— marianna (@Mariannaz98) September 8, 2019
I didn’t cry but my heart was so full , thank you for bringing this to us @kanyewest Chicago loves you 🤟🏽💙 #SundayService pic.twitter.com/JkWwUQgt6D
— jessi not nice 😈 (@PBM_Pretty) September 8, 2019
Kanye West has brought his Sunday Service event to several cities across America. His first public event was an Easter Sunday edition of his gospel service at Coachella. Kanye also brought his Sunday Service crew to perform a benefit concert in Dayton, Ohio.