Kesha has dropped a gospel-inspired video for her new single, “Raising Hell,” featuring New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia.
In the video, the pop star plays a popular televangelist who, behind the big blonde hair and bright clothes, has to defend herself from an abusive and alcoholic husband. She eventually kills him with a fireplace poker in an act of self-defense. After disposing of the body, Kesha dyes her hair black and skips town. But she’s eventually caught by the authorities after a high-speed chase down a dirt road.
The song, on the other hand, is a party anthem that recalls Kesha’s dollar-sign days. On the club-ready track, the singer explains that she just wants to cause a little chaos on Earth before heading past the pearly gates: “Oh, if you couldn’t tell / We can always find the trouble, we don’t need no help / Singing, oh, mama raised me well / But I don’t wanna go to Heaven without raisin’ hell.”
“Raising Hell” is the first taste of Kesha’s forthcoming album, High Road, due out January 10, 2020. The record will also include appearances from Brian Wilson, Sturgill Simpson and Wrabel.
Watch the video for “Raising Hell” below: