UPDATE: Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin is defending his appearance on blasphemous rapper Kanye West’s seventh studio release, which is self-described as a “gospel album with a whole lot of cursing.”  As previously reported, a photo recently surfaced online showing Franklin, known for his songs “Now Behold the Lamb” and “Stomp,” with the profanity-laden West, alongside other secular artists such as Kid Cudi, Puff Daddy, 2 Chainz and French Montana.

West, who also goes by the name Yeezus and was featured on the cover of Rolling Stones wearing a crown of thorns, confirmed Franklin’s contribution to the project, which is tentatively entitled “The Life of Pedro.” “When I was sitting in the studio with Kirk—Kirk Franklin—and we’re just going through it, I said, ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it, but it’s still a gospel album,’” he stated in an interview with Big Boy Radio. “It’s the gospel according to Ye. It’s not exactly what happened in the Bible, but it’s this story idea of Mary Magdalene becoming Mary.” READ MORE