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Also surprising is the story of how the collaboration came to be. It seems West asked Kenny G to show up at his house and play a few of his romantic tunes for his wife on Valentine’s Day. The two men hit it off. West liked him so much he decided to bring him on an impromptu visit to the studio. Like all the best musical choices, Kenny G's guest appearance worked so well because nothing about his performance or the circumstances that brought it about was calculated. But Kenny G was a good fit for another reason. Jesus Is King is not about being cool — it’s about West’s devotion to his faith. In that sense, Kenny G’s musical sincerity is an asset, not a liability. Kenny G fell out of favor in large part because his music was considered earnest to a fault, but in the last few decades, pop music has been buried under layers of crass materialism and irony. When you turn on the radio in 2019, it’s worth considering whether being earnest is still a problem.

- Mark Hemingway, The resurrection of Kenny G