Kanye West is making noise ahead of the release of his new album. 🔥
Just a few days removed from his triumphant return to Twitter to detail an array of exciting news, Ye shared a dense song and video, "Wash Us In The Blood," featuring Travis Scott and mixing from Dr. Dre.
It's the first single from his upcoming tenth studio album, God's Country, which Kanye announced on Monday. Ye hasn't been away for too long, though, dropping the gospel album Jesus Is King in the fall, as well as Jesus is Born, performed by his Sunday Service Choir, a couple of months later.
With Kanye being actively involved in the ongoing nationwide fight against racial injustice, the video compiles various raw footage of protests and even a brief snippet of Ahmaud Arbery jogging in the clip that later captures his shooting in Georgia.
There isn't much screen time for Kanye and Travis – they mostly only appear in animated form. Director Arthur Jafa also included a few cuts of gameplay from Grand Theft Auto, possibly reflecting the near anarchy that's overwhelming the country.
While this latest track embodies a religious theme with both the lyrics – "Holy Spirit, come down" – and title, the sound is much more rugged and hard-hitting than what fans have heard from Kanye recently. Some early reactions online drew comparisons to his 2013 album Yeezus.
To this point, Kanye is still Kanye, and he loves to rap about the way the public tries to twist his image and personality: "They don't want me to Kanye / They don't want Kanye to be Kanye / They wanna sign a fake Kanye / They tryna sign a calm Ye."
Midday Wednesday will bring even more new music from Kanye. He's featured alongside Ty Dolla $ign, FKA twigs and serpentwithfeet on the Skrillex-produced "Ego Death."
Outside of the studio, Kanye celebrated his wife Kim Kardashian West's billionaire status with an extravagant flower arrangement on Tuesday.