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Kanye West forms his own exclusive celebrity church after months of bizarre rants

Kanye West appears to have set up a clandestine, invite-only celebrity church.

“Sunday Service” is a weekly event where attendees are treated to gospel-style performances of Kanye’s music and sermons delivered by Kanye himself.

Kim Kardashian announced that the couple would be launching a new “Sunday Service” at the start of this year, inviting fans to watch Kanye rehearsing on her Instagram stories.

Since then, the Kardashian-Jenner family has spruiked the uplifting and mesmerizing churchlike concert series on their social media platforms, posting videos of choir groups performing Kanye’s music in dark rooms lit with colored neon lights.

There are also reports of Kanye veering into his signature rants.

Each Sunday the congregation has been assembling at different locations. Multiple sources say the religious-themed event is invite-only.

Kanye performs a set of his songs with a large group of musicians, including a choir, to a rapturous group of invited guests.

The musicians are dressed in designs from the rapper’s Yeezy collection, while to the side there’s a Yeezy lemonade stand, selling soda and $300 sneakers. Between songs, Kanye will sometimes ad-lib bits of wisdom or mini-sermons.

Last week Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom attended, along with Courtney Love, rapper Tyler the Creator and Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.

The Kardashian-Jenner clan often posts video of the service, Kim and Kris sometimes live streaming portions of the event.

Kanye’s comments are often defended and explained away by Kim Kardashian, who describes him as being “highly creative”.

Different artists have joined Kanye as part of the performance including rapper Kid Cudi and singer Tony Williams.

In the uplifting environs, he’s building Kanye has, at least once, gone on a rant – a signature of his recent “Dragon Energy” period.

In one of his sermons in January, Kanye offered guidance on the recent controversy surrounding alleged sex offenders Michael Jackson and singer R Kelly.

Live streamed by Kris Jenner, Kanye could be heard apparently referring to the alleged sexual assault as “erratic”.

“Everybody, they want the art from the artist, but anytime they do anything erratic, they just gonna pull up full documentaries on ’em,” Kanye said in a video of the service live streamed by Kris Jenner.

“Then they gonna come with the Michael documentary,” he said, apparently referencing controversial documentary Leaving Neverland.

“We can all enjoy all their music all we want. I thought I wasn’t going to go there today. If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take (Leonardo) da Vinci out the Louvre. Let’s take down all the art.”

Kim took to Twitter a few days later to defend Kanye’s comments, claiming his words were taken out of context because of poor timing.

At a recent Sunday Service event, rapper DMX gave a rousing “Morning Prayer” where he quotes from several Psalms and other Bible passages to a crowd of cheering onlookers.

This most recent Sunday Service apparently got so rambunctious that Los Angeles police were called by neighbors who complained about the noise.

Rapper Slim from 112 said he’s been collaborating with Kanye on “Christian music” and said the pair have been making music that is “going on right now”.

“You put the Lord Jesus, you know, make it Christian. It draws the youth to church. It makes church cool. You know what I mean?” Slim told TMZ.

In his meeting with US President Donald Trump, Kanye dominated the conversation, discussing a rapid-fire stream of topics, but also riffed on theories about “infinite amounts of universes,” before discussing how his deal with Adidas made him a billionaire.

Kanye has claimed multiple times that recent testing told him he has a genius IQ, in the “98th percentile” and compared himself to inventor Nicola Tesla and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud.

Last year Kanye began toying with different ideas in his social media rants, making a number of outlandish statements and gathering much media attention. The rapper stirred controversy when he voiced his support for the US President.

In May Kanye recorded an episode of TMZ Live, where he touched on a number of topics, but made international headlines by calling 400 years of slavery in the United States “a choice”.

Kanye later apologized for the comments, saying he was sorry if he hurt people.

“I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment, and also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through and what led me to that,” he told 107.5 WGCI radio in Chicago last August.

During this period, Kanye discussed “mind control” and “consciousness” and spoke about his own experiences with bipolar, saying he’s been written off by critics and labeled crazy, and felt handled.

As his Twitter rant continued Kanye said he felt his mania needed to be looked at differently, saying the “members of the press are afraid to speak to someone who has been diagnosed but is still everyone’s favorite superhero”.

“Perhaps we stop looking at my tweets as rants and start looking at them as therapy testimonials and some even ministry.

“You don’t make (the song) runaway on medication,” Kanye tweeted.

“Even alcohol is and an addictive substance called spirits that actually block our earthly connection to our spirit when we drown ourselves in it.”

Kanye’s comments are often defended and explained away by Kim Kardashian, who describes him as being “highly creative”.

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