Mike McClure Jr, who is the founder and pastor of Rock City Church located in Forestdale, Central Park, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, called Kanye West’s listening parties for his latest release “Donda,” demonic.
McClure, who goes by Pastor Mike Jr., is also a successful gospel musician. He won the Stellar Awards’ Artist of the Year in 2021 and the Stellar Awards’ New Artist of the Year in 2020. In 2021, McClure also received the Rap/Hip-Hop Gospel Album of the Year award for “Big: Freedom Sessions,” and the Urban/Inspirational Single of the Year award for his song “I Got It.”
Last week, The Shade Room Church, a news and media Instagram page that has over 27,000 followers, posted about Billboard’s announcement of Kanye West as their 2021 Top Gospel Artist of the Year. This is the second year in a row West has received the honor. West also won the 2021 Top Gospel Song of the year for “Wash Us In the Blood,” which featured controversial Astroworld Music Festival artist Travis Scott.
Pastor Mike Jr. didn’t hold back his feelings about West receiving an award in the gospel category while replying on The Shade Room Church’s post.
“Kanye West isn’t a Gospel Artist,” McClure posted. “He’s a rapper who did a gospel album.”
The Steller Awards’ Artist of the Year said that “Ye is an inspiration musically PERIOD,” but then began to criticize West.
“So many people are afraid to speak truth for fear of being cancelled! Something about this doesn’t feel right, and I believe we have to speak up,” McClure said.
The Rock City Church pastor then called West’s listening party for his “Donda” album demonic, saying, “As cool as the Donda listening party was it felt so demonic. So NAH.”
Some agreed with Pastor Mike Jr., saying, “Facts—thank you for saying something,” and “Somebody finally said it.”
Others questioned the gospel singer’s comments. “How does one qualify to be a gospel artist,” someone asked. Another said, “There is no qualification other than spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through song.”
It is unclear whether Pastor Mike Jr. attended any of the three “Donda” listening parties. ChurchLeaders has reached out to McClure for clarification regarding his comments and will update this article in the event of his reply.