Kanye West remains to be feeling the holy spirit.
After final yr’s gospel album “Jesus Is King,” Yeezy is looking for spiritual deliverance in his new single, “Wash Us in the Blood,” which he dropped Tuesday morning.
The single, which options Travis Scott, 28, arrived with a video that depicts a dizzying array of photographs capturing these turbulent occasions, together with police dealing with off with protesters, coronavirus sufferers on ventilators, mass incarceration — and, in an odd twist, girls twerking.
“Rain down on the pain/Rain down on the slain,” West, 43, raps over the manic, hard-hitting observe, the first single from his upcoming album “God’s Country.”
“Holy spirit come down/We need you now,” Scott chimes in later. (Of course, the “Sicko Mode” rapper is the child daddy — and on-again, off-again boyfriend — of West’s sister-in-law, Kylie Jenner.)
Mixed by Dr. Dre, “Wash Us in the Blood” remembers the industrial-edged beats of 2013’s “Yeezus.” And whereas the tune makes for a charged assertion on the Black Lives Matter motion and the international pandemic, the lyrics discover West in fiery protection mode: “And they try to control Ye/They gon’ need to calm down/They don’t want me to Kanye/They don’t want Kanye to be Kanye/They wanna sign a fake Kanye/They tryin’ to sign a calm Ye.”
The video was directed by artist Arthur Jafa in documentary-style with classic clips together with outdated gospel footage. It closes with West’s Sunday Service choir rehearsing as North, his 7-year-old daughter with spouse Kim Kardashian, 39, bops alongside.
After all of the chaotic, generally disturbing imagery, it’s a surprisingly candy ending that comes out of nowhere.