Kanye West Drops Music Video for 'Wash Us in the Blood' Featuring Travis Scott and North West
By Zach Seemayer
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Kanye West is back with new music, and an all-new music video!
On Tuesday, the rapper dropped the official music video for his latest track, "Wash Us in the Blood," featuring Travis Scott and a cameo appearance by his 7-year-old daughter, North, whom he shares with wife Kim Kardashian West.
The music video, directed by Dr. Dre and made in collaboration with acclaimed cinematographer and director Arthur Jafa, is part of West's new musical chapter, and features the first tune fans have heard off his forthcoming album, God's Country. Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, it features footage of Black people in the hands of police, protesting, dancing, and fighting off the coronavirus. It also includes footage from West's Saint Pablo tour and Sunday Service rehearsals.
"Wash us in the blood, whole life bein' thugs, no choice, sellin' drugs, genocide, what it does," Ye and Scott sing on the track. "Mass incarc', what it does, 'Cause a cost, what it does, another life bein' lost, let it off, set it off."
God’s Country is the follow-up to West’s 2019 album, Jesus Is King, and the Sunday Service Choir’s 19-track album, Jesus Is Born. On Monday, West teased the music video, and the new album, on Twitter.
He also posted what he described as cover art for the track.
"It's from his new record," Jafa said, explaining the video-focused project he'd recently been working on with West. "It's called God's Country and this will be, like, the first single, I guess, off of it. I don't know if I'm supposed to not be announcing it or whatever. I may just be spilling the beans. But yeah it's from a new record that's forthcoming. I don't know when the album is coming out."
Jafa famously created a video art piece "Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death" -- which was on exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art among other museums since its creation -- which featured West's song "Ultralight Beam" off his 2016 album, The Life of Pablo.