CamDon Music/RCA Inspiration Gospel icon Donnie McClurkin praises Chicago rappers Kanye West and Chance the Rapper for using their platforms to reach multiple generations and to transform people’s lives.
The Grammy-winning singer tells ABC Audio the only way to bring other generations to church is by bringing the church to them — the way Kanye’s been doing with his Sunday Services. West first expressed interest in the idea last April, and started the Sunday Service at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago’s Southside.
In a matter of months, Kanye’s event transformed from a listening party into a global phenomenon, with a massive choir singing gospel classics by Kirk Franklin and Donnie himself. The rapper has since taken the spiritual celebration to Coachella, to churches and venues in Atlanta, New York and Texas and, of course, to the iconic grassy fields in Calabasas.
To Kanye, McClurkin says, “Keep doing this, man, because you reachin’ people that I can’t reach.”
Referring to Chance, McClurkin says, “Chance [has] been ministering to people left and right. You’ve got so many different operatives, covert operatives that are out there that are trying to change this thing and doing a doggone good job.”
Kanye recently made a donation to local charities in Chicago to help provide meals for the elderly, families, and children who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To get through this time of social distancing, Chance the Rapper has been posting some of his uplifting music videos and past performances on Instagram, including his 2017 Grammys medley.
Donnie says his message to young people is: “Jump on this because it’s really going to bless you.”
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