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UPDATED: Kirk Franklin in studio for Kanye’s “Gospel album”

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It’s been a weird and wild week on Twitter. We’ve had everything from B.o.B. and scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson releasing diss tracks towards each other about whether or not the world is flat, to Kanye West renaming his album after an emoji and then a rant from ‘Ye toward Wiz Khalifa in which he insulted the rapper for being skinny and complimented his cool pants.

As the diatribe was dying down Kanye tweeted: “I love the world. Bottom line all I want is peace and positive energy.”

And then “This album is actually a Gospel album.”

We haven’t heard the full album yet, but Kanye does have an affiliation with the genre. In 2004 his “Jesus Walks” song was actually nominated for a Stellar Award. It was later rescinded after protests from people like Tre9, but it’s still a part of history.

I guess we’ll see how Waves measures up once it gets officially released on February 11.

UPDATE: January 30, 2016 / 10:30 a.m.

Late Friday night, January 29th a new wrinkle to the story was added when rapper 2Chainz posted photos and Snapchat videos of gospel music legend Kirk Franklin in the studio with Kanye and crew.

In another photo posted to 2Chaniz’s Instagram account it appears that Kirk Franklin’s signature was added to the “guestbook” of friends and collaborators who have received an advance listen to Waves.

Kirk’s name seems to be written in blue Sharpie in the lower right side of the page and just over “Minister Bentley is present” which most people assume is Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins who has been a long-time friend of Kanye, rapped guest verses on his earlier songs, and now is the host of BET’s “Lift Every Voice” gospel music interview show.

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Sketch the Journalist is a freelance hiphop writer living in the thriving country metropolis of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas. Down with gospel rap since Stephen Wiley’s “Bible Break” in 1986, he has chewed, reviewed, and interviewed most of Christian hiphop’s major players. Sketch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Sam Houston State University and was once an intern at the New York Times Houston Bureau. You can follow Sketch on Twitter @Sketchthej or log-on to sketchthejournalist.com.

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