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"Jesus Walks" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West.
It was released on May 25, 2004 as the fourth single from his debut album, The College Dropout.
The single was accompanied by three separate music videos, each of which visually interpreted a portion of its multifaceted context in different ways.
"Jesus Walks" continues to be a crowd favorite and stands as one of the most-performed songs by West, who has included it within all of his headlining tours. The song was named the 6th best song of 2004 on Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll.
He rhymes, "So here go my single, dog, radio needs this/They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus/That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes/But if I talk about God my record won't get played, huh?
" This is directly taken from West's experiences when he was struggling to get signed onto a record label; many executives turned him down after he played a "Jesus Walks" demo for them.
At the 47th Grammy Awards, "Jesus Walks" was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Song. The song is essentially a spiritual exultation, wherein West discusses how Jesus "walks" with all manner of people, from the sinner to the saint.
Towards this end, the first conceptual verse of the song is told through the eyes of a drug dealer contemplating his relationship with God.
11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming West's fourth consecutive top twenty hit in the United States.They reasoned that he did not conform to the stereotypes associated with mainstream hip-hop and therefore was not easily marketable.It reportedly took over six months for West to draw inspiration for the second verse.West also uses the song to express his critical views on how the media seem to shy away from songs that address matters of faith, while embracing songs discussing violence, sex, and illegal drugs.
The song contains a sample of "Walk with Me" as performed by the ARC Choir.
"Jesus Walks" was acclaimed by music critics, who praised its compelling sonic atmosphere and boldness in its open embrace of faith.