Grammy award-winning rapper and choir performed songs from his gospel album "Jesus is King" on Friday when inmates waved their hands and knelt in prayer.
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His visit was "a mission, not a show," according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
West appeared to more than 200 male inmates before using underground tunnels to access separate prisons to conduct for a crowd of smaller female inmates, according to Houston Chronicle
"Say what you want about the man," said Jason Spencer, director of public affairs for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "But Kanye West and his choir bring light to the people who need it today in Harris County Prison."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted on Saturday that it would be "great if other artists followed in Kanye's footsteps."
"What Kanye West did to inspire prisoners is transformative," Abbott
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West is scheduled to speak with Joel Osteen and the Lakewood Church congregation on Sunday. He will hold a "Sunday Service" performance in the church tonight,