Just a few weeks ago, Coachella announced Kanye would be performing an Easter Sunday special of his live gospel music church service “Sunday Service.” The special rendition took place on Easter Sunday morning at 9 am at the festival campground hillside fittingly named “The Mountain.”
Kanye and his gospel choir formed a ring around The Mountain and sported loosely fitting lavender clothing. The 26-song set featured both covers and gospel renditions of his music. DMX was on the mic acting the service’s pastor. Chance the Rapper and Kid Cudi also made appearances. Kanye even debuted a new song, “Water,” towards the end of his set.
One Twitter user shared how long the line to get into the “Sunday Service” area was.
Can’t tell from the pic but it’s already about 2,000 in line. It’s moving about 2 steps every 4 minutes. Everyone is talking about the merch. I feel a busted mission coming. But gonna keep my spirit up. At least I’ll see the show. #Coachella #SundayService #Kanye pic.twitter.com/8LHPwTi5bc
— Ben Walton (@bigteflon) April 21, 2019
Many saw a correlation between The Mountain and the set design of PBS’s Teletubbies.
— john (@johnkrug_) April 21, 2019
— kid cubby (@kid_cubby) April 21, 2019
sunday service or teletubbies? pic.twitter.com/jPFR6sx10X
— ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) April 21, 2019
The entire stream was filmed as a vignette.
— Darling (@AssolutelyTrue) April 21, 2019
— Errday (@errdaymedicated) April 21, 2019
— HAHA CLINTON DIX SZN (@lilsuccVA) April 21, 2019
— KJ (@KendraJames_) April 21, 2019
The service started when the choir walked up the hillside and began playing smooth jazz reminiscent of a Steely Dan jam band. Kanye didn’t make an appearance for several minutes.
If Kanye don’t come out in the next 10 mins I’m going to a real church #SundayService
— Joel (@__j03L) April 21, 2019
— Max Becket (@justmax717) April 21, 2019
Chance the Rapper made an appearance to rap his feature in Kanye’s “Ultralight Beam.”
— !TU (@IntoTheUrban) April 21, 2019
— ︎ (@fckasamesi) April 21, 2019
DMX took the mic at the end of the set to lead a prayer. He told the crowd to give love to the stranger next to them.
— JP MAXX (@King_Dext) April 21, 2019
“I pray that you open our eyes
Give us the anointing to recognize the devil and his lies
If we keep our actions wise
Our prayers sincere
Our heads to the sky
You will diminish our fears”
— 1AM Creative (@1AMcreative) April 21, 2019
After DMX’s prayer, Kanye and others were left in tears.
— Genius (@Genius) April 21, 2019
— mariposa (@lindathelame) April 21, 2019
Although Kanye and a brief struggle with his microphone being turned off, it’s safe to say his first livestream of a “Sunday Service” was a success.
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) April 21, 2019
— ஐ (@lateyee) April 21, 2019