US rapper, Kanye West, who made his reinvention into making gospel music late last year is back with a brand new single, ‘Wash Us in the Blood’. Which is accompanied by a music video. It also has mainstream US rapper, Travis Scott featured. Kanye earlier made it public that the track would be his first single off his forthcoming tenth studio album, “God’s Country”.

Wash us in the Blood reminds us of Yeezus (his 2013 album), with harsh industrial sound and siren-like synth textures over a throbbing beat, similar to “Black Skinhead”. The song production was a collective effort of West, BoogzDaBeast, Ronny J, FNZ and Dem Jointz. And was mixed by Dr. Dre.

The video which was directed by award-winning cinematographer, Arthur Jafa highlights footage with scenes of the recent protests in the US, people singing, fighting and a woman struggling to breathe. It also includes scenes of the moments leading up to Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting in Georgia — one of the many unjust killings that have led to the mass protests in the U.S. in recent weeks.

Kanye who is now exploring his newfound faith in Christ is calling unto God to wash us in the blood in this single. He also pondered on political matters;

“Whole life being thugs / No choice, selling drugs,” he raps, “Genocide, what it does / Mass incarc, what it does.”

And little self-referential lines;

They don’t want me to Kanye
They don’t want Kanye to be Kanye

They wanna sign a fake Kanye
They tryna sign a calm Ye
That’s right, I call ’em Calm-Ye
But don’t take me the wrong way
But don’t take me the wrong way
‘Cause God took me a long way”

This single sounds experimental as Kanye is seemingly trying to balance his former sound with his now gospel-themed music. We would find out more when he eventually releases God’s Country which is a follow-up to “Jesus Is King” and “Jesus Is Born,” both released in 2019.

Watch the video below:

 

 

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