Kanye West shares new song 'Wash Us in the Blood' featuring Travis Scott

You may have seen Kanye West's new release “Wash Us in the Blood.' Here's what you may not know about the song and the video

6/30/2020 7:20:00 PM

You may have seen Kanye West's new release “Wash Us in the Blood.' Here's what you may not know about the song and the video

Kanye West released 'Wash Us in the Blood,' his first new music since 2019's 'Jesus Is King' album, accompanied by a video from L.A. artist Arthur Jafa.

Kanye West has been watching what’s going on in the world, and he has some characteristically complicated thoughts.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.

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Directed by L.A.-based video artist Arthur Jafa, known for his work withSpike Leeand Solange, the clip also offers fleeting pictures of imprisoned people, an unmanned drone, a woman struggling to breathe and West’s daughter North at a rehearsal by the rapper’s Sunday Service choir. (Just last weekend, a group of 13 museums joined together to make Jafa’s acclaimed 2016 work “Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death” — soundtracked by West’s song “Ultralight Beam” — available to view online for the first time.)

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. A press release notes proudly that the track was mixed by Dr. Dre.

West, who exploredhis religious awakeningon a pair of albums last year, continues in the new single to direct his thoughts toward God, asking to be washed in his blood. But he’s pondering more earthly matters too: “Whole life being thugs / No choice, selling drugs,” he raps, “Genocide, what it does / Mass incarc, what it does.”

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