A clip from the September 1 "Sunday Service" gathering in Watts, CA, captured by Twitter user @J0rgeCastr0 shows West scratching at his ear before putting his fingers to his mouth quickly afterwards.
While West's move looked innocuous enough, @J0rgeCastr0's clip soon went viral after he alleged the rapper was eating his own earwax.
I think he picked his ear and the pulled something off of his lip tho lol I don't think he ate the ear wax he didn't even grab wax he grabbed his ear lobe lol Twitter tryna drag this man through the mud— Kc (@elykohleoc) September 2, 2019
Ear lobes don't have ear wax tho— Kristi (@Kristi_Tx) September 1, 2019
Others saw the move as another stroke of genius from West, with one user even going as far as to quote the man himself.
he was clearly removing his gum or something from his mouth.— doug ⚠️ (@SupaVillainDoug) September 1, 2019
If Kanye does it we all do it— Louis Kay (@louis_kay) September 2, 2019
West is believed to be readying an album titled Jesus Is King for release on September 27, as per a tracklist shared by Kim Kardashian last week.
I ain't sayin' he a gold digger— ashleyygonzalez (@ashleyzalez) September 2, 2019
News of that effort arrives after a number of tracks believed to be from West's long-awaited Yandhi album found their way online last month. His last solo album was 2018's ye.
Recently, West produced a pair of new singles for Pusha-T, titled "Sociopath" and "Coming Home." Last month, he was spotted hanging out with the crew of Rick and Morty.