There’s A New Religion Named After Kanye West
Kanye West, as of late, is often linked with the word “religion.” It’s to no surprise then, that someone (who wishes to remain anonymous) took the Yeezus complex a step further by starting a new religion based on the Chicago rapper, coined Yeezianity.
“Right now, it’s just an idea. I only created this a month ago, so we’ll see where it goes. The idea has yet to get out there. Who knows what could come this way? But it’s an idea, and before anything can manifest, it has to start as an idea. In a lot of ways, after I created it, I reflected on it and thought that this was just a rehashing of Christianity, but just throwing Yeezus instead of Jesus… And you know what? That’s why I felt Kanye did it,” he tells Noisey. “He just put the name there. Jesus has all this baggage and all these connotations, and Yeezus is this new thing—and that’s why I say in the “Our Savior” part of the site, “We don’t speak of his public persona.” Because Yeezus is when Kanye elevates to that God-level, which I feel like we all have the potential to do. That’s why if it takes off, in the future, people would forget Kanye and his antics, and instead focus on what the message is.”
Followers observe what they call the “5 Pillars,” which are as follows:
1. All things created must be for the good of all
2. No human being’s right to express themselves must ever be repressed
3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange
4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs
5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man
When asked how his fandom transitioned into religion, the Yeezianity creator explained it was something that was always there, ever since College Dropout, later adding he feels he is Kanye’s successor.
“But I’m not the type of fan who collects everything that he does. I don’t just listen to his music. I study it. I base what I’m doing and use his work as an example. In the world now, with Twitter and social media, I feel like people are just consuming and consuming, but I don’t just want to consume what Kanye does. I aspire to do that. I want to create off of it. I want to follow what he’s doing. That’s why I say I’m his successor.”
His ultimate goal? To create controversy, a dialogue that will eventually lead to the formal meeting of Kanye West.