Kanye West is gearing up to release a new album, God's Country, and he just shared its lead single, "Wash Us In The Blood," which features Travis Scott and was mixed by Dr. Dre. "Wash Us In The Blood" follows Kanye's very religious album Jesus Is King and his actual gospel album Jesus Is Born, and there's religious aspects in "Wash Us In The Blood" too, but it's mostly a darker, rougher rap song that's not far removed from Yeezus. The song makes references to the death penalty, slavery, mass incarceration, and more, and it comes with an Arthur Jafa-directed video that opens with protest footage.
In an interview with GQ, Kanye spoke about the new music:
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.
Interviewer Will Welch was shown more of the new music, and he said, "All of the songs, regardless of their sonic quality, are worship songs—Christian rap, if you will—of an altogether unprecedented sort."
Watch the "Wash Us in the Blood" video: