The billionaire rap mogul reunites with Travis Scott on the explosive track, which was mixed by Dr. Dre. Over raucous 808s, co-produced by BoogzDaBeast, Ronny J, FNZ, and Dem Jointz, Ye conjures up Yeezus-like rhymes over sirens while a preacher punctuates his delivery.
“They don’t want Kanye to be Kanye / They wanna sign a fake Kanye / They tryna sign a calm Ye,” he raps. “Wash us in the blood / Whole life being thugs / No choice, sellin’ drugs / Genocide, what it does / Mass incarc, what it does / ‘Cause a cause, what it does / ‘Nother life bein’ lost.”
Travis sets it off on his verse: “Execution 30 states / Thirty states still execute / Thou shall not kill, I shall not spill / Nextels at the rendezvous / We dodgin’ time in the federal / Squad box you in like a sectional / We walk through the glass and the residue.”
Artist Arthur Jafa created the artwork and directed the video, which features a barrage of visuals including police brutality protests, a dancing Breonna Taylor, and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, as well as Kanye’s own live shows. The video ends with a spoken word from Ye accompanied by his daughter North at Sunday Service rehearsals. “Wash us in the blood of Jesus / Holy spirit come down / We need you now,” he says.
“Wash Us in the Blood” is the first music from Ye since 2019’s Jesus Is King, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, surpassing the Beatles and tying Eminem for the most consecutive No. 1 album debuts in chart history.
West has been in the studio with Dr. Dre working on a new version of Jesus Is King as well as an animated “Kids See Ghosts” series based off his group with Kid Cudi.