Kirk Franklin Under Fire for Association with Kanye West

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Kirk Franklin caught a lot of heat last week after a flick of himself pictured with 2 Chainz, Kanye West and a few others in the studio emerged; the photo confirmed that Franklin would be featured on Kanye’s new, explicit album, The Life of Pablo.

During the weekend of Kanye’s album release, Franklin also hit the Saturday Night Live stage with the rapper, along with Kelly Price, The Dream and Change the Rapper to perform “Ultralight Beam” off the new release (see performance below).

Kirk Franklin took to social media to express his disappointment in the criticizing feedback of his collaboration with Kanye, calling some of the negative opinions regarding what may or may not be a Christian standard “dangerous.”

“Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture,” he said via Instagram. “That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he’ll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I’m sorry he’s not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace…and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won’t stop me from running. Pray we win.”

Click the image below to watch the “Ultralight Beam” performance on SNL:

Kirk Franklin is featured on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” single off his new Life of Pablo album.