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Rapper Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates

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Ismael Spencer | 18 November, 2019, 00:45

The Lakewood Church boasts about 52,000 people every week, according to the Christian Post, and millions tune in every Sunday to watch Osteen on TV.

West, who has spoken at length in recent months about his faith, went on to share despite "all of that arrogance and cockiness that y'all have seen from me" in the past, "God is now using him".

As you are probably already aware, the controversial American rapper has since found salvation and marked his transition with the release of his new gospel album, Jesus is King.

The surprise shows took place just two days before West's upcoming service at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston.

The first 45,000 people to get tickets will be able to get into the concert for free, though the overwhelming demand temporarily overwhelmed Ticketmaster.

Osteen will interview the rapper-turned-evangelist Sunday at his 17,000-seat megachurch in Houston, a church consultant advised the Houston Epic. The majority of attendees will likely be regular churchgoers and not necessarily Kanye West fans.

During Sunday's appearance, West touched on a variety of topics, including religion, the perils of fame and money and going to church as a child.

"What Kanye West does to encourage the incarcerated is transformative", Abbott said.

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"This is a mission, not a show", West reportedly told his jailhouse audience.

"We come from different backgrounds".

"So we get constant advertisements for spirits", he said.

Jose Gonzalez, a 25-year-old who attended the service, said he believes West's religious conversion to be honest.

Speaking after the performance, CNN reports that a number of officials were supportive of West's performances and thanked the artist for this philanthropic work.

West and his wife are among the celebrities who have expressed support for Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, who received an execution stay on Friday.

On Friday, Kim Kardashian West traveled to death row in Livingston, Texas, and visited Reed.

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