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Cool Dad Job: Preacher, Rapper, Designer, Cultural Presence

Latest Cool Dad Achievement: Popularizing his weekly Sunday Service religious events.

Everyone likes the old Kanye. Everyone likes the set-on-his-goals Kanye. Not everyone likes the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye, the spaz-in-the-news Kanye. But Kanye isn’t trying to please everyone. Kanye is on a mission — albeit maybe not a perfectly planned one — to find his own truth. Watching him stumble on this path can be cringe-y at times, but there’s a profoundly admirable integrity to his consistent inconsistency and his willingness to be wrong while trying to get it right. Sure, he could throw straight heat, but Kanye has gone gospel with Jesus Is King, converting to Christianity along the way. It’s an unexpected move, but a humane one. The thing about Kanye is that he’s Kanye — all the time — and that means he’s not doing it for you. That said, he’s not just doing it for himself, either. The thing about Kanye is that he prioritizes his kids. Ink is spilled on the man daily, but he doesn’t let it drip on his children. “I would do anything to protect my child or my child’s mother,” Kanye told the New York Times in 2013. “As simple as that.” Even as he’s changed, he’s been true to his word.