Kanye West Is Putting Out an Opera Called 'Nebuchadnezzar' and Apparently 'Jesus Is King Part II' with Dr. Dre
Published Nov 18, 2019Kanye West has revealed plans for his first-ever opera. It's titled Nebuchadnezzar, and it will debut on November 24 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. What's more, Kanye says he has a yet another new album coming out with Dr. Dre.
Earlier today, Kanye teased the new record with Dr. Dre, posting a photo of himself with the legendary hip-hop producer with the caption, "Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon." See the tweet below.
In case, you've lost track, West recently released his album Jesus Is King, as well as promised another new record called Jesus Is Born to arrive on Christmas Day. Now, we have Jesus Is King Part II coming out as well.
Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon. pic.twitter.com/wTKFgXQQXQ— ye (@kanyewest) November 18, 2019
On top of all this, we also have the opera Nebuchadnezzar. The production will be directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, and it features singing by West's Sunday Service performers and Peter Colins & Infinity's Song.
The show is named after the Bible's ancient king of Babylon, who notoriously worshipped false idols until a series of tribulations turned him into a true believer of the Israelites' God.
Naturally, there are a number of parallels between Nebuchadnezzar and West — from delusions of power to falls from grace to eventually coming out of everything a stronger believer in God.
Speaking earlier this year to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, West directly compared himself to the Babylonian king.
"Let me take this Nebuchadnezzar-type character — Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon, and he looked at his entire kingdom and said, I did this," West said. "I stood on the top of the mountain talking about Yeezus, saying, 'I'm a God' — I had a guy dressed as Jesus."
More recently, he explained that he has come to realize that everything he has is God's doing — including his $68 million USD tax return. He expressed such sentiments on his latest album, Jesus is King, as well.
See the invitation artwork for Nebuchanezzar below.
Invite artwork by Nick Knight pic.twitter.com/U7IBqe1Gxk— ye (@kanyewest) November 17, 2019