Jeezy gets deified on the powerful, harrowing new single, “God,” set to appear on his upcoming, as-yet-untitled sixth studio album out November 13th via CTE/Def Jam.
The eerie new track, produced by TM-88 and Southside, lurches with screeching synths and a simple, haunting progression that bubbles just above the low end. As scattershot snares and hi-hats shoot through the track, the song is reminiscent of the industrial trap of Kanye West’s Yeezus.
Fittingly, Jeezy shouts out the “I Am a God” rapper — “God shit, I’m on Kanye” — though the track primarily finds him searching for salvation in a world where sin is often the only way to survive. “Standing on a pole of white bricks,” he spits, “Imagine crosses on the units / Stamps looking like a crucifix / Pure like the blood of Virgin Mary / Turn water to some wine, nigga.”
In a politically and emotionally charged note posted to Instagram yesterday, Jeezy echoed the sentiments of “God,” while also speaking out against the spate of police violence and racially motivated killings of black men and women. The rapper addressed ongoing systemic issues pertaining to poverty and the criminal justice system, with such circumstances, the rapper writes, often forcing members of disenfranchised communities into “sacrificing his freedom and life for his family’s survival.”
But, Jeezy notes later, “When an individual would do anything for his or her community and the people in it, that is a Godly act. Not in the biblical sense, but in the sense of the word.
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“We are all Gods in our own right,” he continues. “We have the ability to and the power to change the things around us. We all have the ability affect lives; to raise our sons and daughters to become Kings and Queens; Leaders and Prophets.”
News of Jeezy’s new album comes on the heels of an all-star concert in Atlanta celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut solo LP, Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which boasted appearances from West, André 3000, Big Boi and T.I.