Kanye West's ninth studio album Jesus Is King is due to drop tonight, and, in a new interview with Zane Lowe airing on Beats 1 this afternoon, West is opening up about the recording process behind the project. As it turns out, he's made some major lifestyle changes in the year that's followed since creative directing the inaugural PornHub Awards in September 2018. "Some people drown themselves in drugs, and I drown myself in my addiction: sex," West said, of the time leading up to his 2009 VMAs breakdown.
His solution for the recording of Jesus Is King? Celibacy. "There were times where I was asking people not to have premarital sex while they were working on the album," West told Lowe. “There were times where I went to people that were working on other projects and said can you just work and focus on this? I thought if we could all focus and fast… Families who pray together stay together.” West also preemptively defended his decision to implement abstinence in the studio from the inevitable Shade Room headlines, jokingly saying, "What you mean no premarital sex? You better turn Megan Thee Stallion on now."
Stay tuned for a full stream of his conversation with Lowe, due out shortly.