Kanye West helped James Corden remedy an 808 and heartbreak on Monday
when he joined the “Late Late Show” host for a special edition of
“Carpool Karaoke,” but the two ended up talking frankly about religion,
mental illness, marriage and personal finances.
At one point, West even claimed that his tax refund this year reached a whopping $68 million.
used the recurring deceit of his viral segment to enlist the rapper for
a ride after his Los Angeles-bound Flight 808 from Ontario, Calif., was
supposedly canceled. So they embarked on “Airpool Karaoke,” an actual
jet-setting endeavor with West’s now-famous Sunday Service choir.
As it turns out, Corden is very much “a talker” not “a sleeper” when it comes to flying the friendly skies.
Pegged to the debut of West’s “Jesus Is King” album, his much-hyped
excursion into gospel music, the rapper attempted to minister to the
singalong-loving host. Sure, there was music too, including the choir’s
divine re-imaginings of Shanell’s “Ready…,” Ginuwine’s “So Anxious”
and West’s hit “Through the Wire,” and a few jokes, but the segment was
far more serious than Corden’s other carpools.
West, who began the
19-minute segment pretty disengaged, became an open book at cruising
altitude, particularly when it came to his spiritual awakening. He told
Corden that when he was hospitalized in 2016,
he wrote the phrase “start a church in Calabasas,” his wife Kim
Kardashian’s hometown, where they now have a home with their four
“It’s something I had a feeling that I needed to do that
God put on my heart. And now he just keeps on taking me to new levels,
and taking us to other levels, that we didn’t even imagine before,” West
Corden also noted that religious themes had been in much of the artist’s earlier music, including the 2004 track “Jesus Walks.”
“God’s always had a plan for me,” West added. “And he’s always wanted
to use me. But I think he wanted me to suffer more and wanted people to
see my suffering and see my pain and put stigmas on me and have me go
through all the human experiences. So now when I talk about how Jesus
saved me, more people can relate to that experience.”
didn’t shy away from addressing the difficulties of marriage, which he
agreed helped stabilize him. He shaded Kardashian’s short-lived marriage
to NBA player Kris Humphries and also revealed that he reads the Bible
before bed (while Kardashian watches “Dateline”) and that they want