Sons of Chicago, Men of God

Christianity colors Kanye West and Chance the Rapper’s work through and through. Both artists name-check God and wrestle with their faith. But each rapper channels a different part of the Trinity — Kanye spends his career chasing liberation, claiming to be a messiah but often detouring toward self-deliverance, and Chance is a conduit for immaculate, Holy Spirit-level joy.


Cecilia and Emmet hop in a Fit and drive to Chicago. The playlist is exclusively Kanye, running for eight hours from 2004’s The College Dropout to new album The Life of Pablo (we counted Watch the Throne). The next day, Chance the Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring Day floods the South Side’s U.S. Cellular Field with superb music, a parade of guests, and an overwhelming radiance of Black joy. Log notes from the Magnificent Yeezus Odyssey.