Early Tuesday the superstar musician released a new song, "Wash Us in the Blood", accompanied by a music video that features images of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor as well as video from the nationwide protests their deaths have helped inspire.
The track, from the rapper's recently announced tenth studio album "God's Country", is the first new music from him since the release of "Jesus Is King" in 2019. "Wash us in the blood of Jesus / Holy spirit come down / We need you now", he says. The video opens with protest footage, also showing video clips from Kanye's 2016 Saint Pablo Tour and his more recent Sunday Service rehearsals.
The visual was directed by Arthur Jafa, who has previously collaborated with West and shot videos for stars including Jay-Z and Solange.
The song - which features a guest verse by Travis Scott and was co-produced by West, BoogzDaBeast, Ronny J, FNZ and Dem Jointz - recalls the harsh industrial sound of West's 2013 album "Yeezus", with siren-like synth textures over a throbbing beat. Yesterday, he let the world know that God's Country is indeed the official title of his new album which is coming soon. Then one of my pastors told me, "My son just said that he would want a rap album about Jesus from Kanye West". "And that one thing made the difference", the rapper explained of his reorientation towards gospel music.