Kanye West has unveiled “Wash Us in the Blood,” featuring Travis Scott, the first song from his forthcoming album, God’s Country.
The accompanying visual, helmed by cinematographer and frequent Ye collaborator Arthur Jafa, combines footage from recent Black Lives Matter protests, clips from Kanye’s 2016 Saint Pablo Tour and Sunday Service rehearsal videos. Scott makes a cameo in a quick scene where he’s seen smoking.
“Wash Us in the Blood” steps away from the gospel sound of West’s most recent releases with the Sunday Service Choir, the 2019 albums Jesus is King and Jesus is Born, and hovers somewhere closer to the hard-edged hip hop of his 2013 record Yeezus.
Lyrically, it continues the rapper’s religious approach to his music, as he asks God to cleanse him of his sins. “Wash us in the blood / Whole life bein’ thugs / No choice, sellin’ drugs / Genocide what it does / Mass incarc’ what it does,” he spits.
So far, West has not revealed a release date for God’s Country. While you wait for more details, watch the video for “Wash Us in the Blood” below: