Wash Us In The Blood
Song by Kanye West Featured artist: Travis Scott Produced by Ronny J, Dem Jointz, Boogz, FnZ & Kanye West Album: God's Country Released: 30 June 2020
“Wash Us in the Blood” is a request from Kanye to the Lord for salvation and the cleansing of sins in his community and for Black men, both of which have been stricken with disproportionately high crime rates when compared with the rest of the country.
The song is the lead single to Kanye West’s tenth studio album, God’s Country. The track was first mentioned in GQ’s April 2020 Issue: “Inside Kanye West’s Vision for the Future,” and was referred to as “Washed in the Blood”—it was also described as having “hard drums and Yeezus-like industrial horror noises.” A demo version leaked online on June 22, 2020.
On June 26, 2020, Kanye validated the song in a Twitter post and implied that the music video was directed by cinematographer Arthur Jafa. In May 2020, Jafa said that he had worked with Kanye on a video from his forthcoming album during a conversation with Michèle Lamy:
It’s from his new record, it’s called God’s Country. And this will be like the first single off of it. I don’t know if I’m supposed to not be announcing it […] but yeah, it’s from the new record…
Three days later, on June 29, 2020, Kanye confirmed the release of the official music video and the album’s title in a Twitter post.