Returning with a newly-energised sound flashing back to his ‘Yeezus’ era, Kanye has dropped ‘Wash Us In The Blood’.
The track marks the first offering from West’s forthcoming album ‘God’s Country’, which looks to diverge from the more traditional gospel sound of his most recent chart-topping project ‘Jesus Is King’ and return to a more familiar rap sound, with his faith remaining a central role in the themes explored.
The Dr. Dre-mixed single sees Kanye’s amped-up lyricism explore some of the problems faced by society in the modern world before etching out a need for change.
With help from Travis Scott, the song’s visuals are the work of video artist (and previous Kanye collaborator) Arthur Jafa, who cuts between hallucinatory depictions of West and various pop-culture references, while also chopping in hand-held footage from recent protests and other significant events to have unfolded throughout 2020 so far.
Speaking of his anticipated forthcoming record, Kanye told GQ: “I was thinking of not rapping again because I rapped for the devil so long that I didn’t even know how to rap for God. Then one of my pastors told me, ‘My son just said that he would want a rap album about Jesus from Kanye West.’ He didn’t say, ‘Kanye West, you should do this,’ or ‘you need to do this.’ He just told me something that a child said. And that one thing made the difference.”
Watch the video for ‘Wash Us In The Blood’: