RAPPER Kanye West’s trips to Israel clearly left a mark on the eccentric superstar.
In a wide-ranging podcast interview released Friday, West – who recently changed his legal name to Ye – said he thinks Christians should form kibbutz communities, modelled off the Jewish versions, to help foster a sense of togetherness.
“Jewish people have this type of circular community … it’s like where they live, and where we need to live, where the grandparents can take care of the kids,” he said on the Drink Champs hip-hop podcast.
“You get what I’m saying? That we move as a community, and as a community, we will not fail.”
It isn’t clear if West has ever visited a kibbutz, but the rapper and Kim Kardashian, who is seeking a divorce from him, have visited Israel several times.
— התנועה הקיבוצית (@KibbutzMov) November 7, 2021
Kardashian also purchased quartz for kitchen countertops in the couple’s home back in 2013 from Israeli kibbutz Sdot Yam, which led to a deal to distribute the company’s products in the United States through Ikea.
West’s remarks spurred an invitation from the Kibbutz Movement, the umbrella group that includes most of Israel’s 279 kibbutzim.
“Yo Kanye, strip clubs are out of the question, but you are more than welcome to drop by and visit our kibbutzim here in the holy land,” the organisation tweeted.
West has become a fervently religious figure in recent years, releasing multiple albums about his newfound Christian outlook.