Pusha T and Mavis Staples join the Gorillaz on “Let Me Out,” the group’s rousing new single ahead of their highly-anticipated album Humanz.
Over hypnotizing production, King Push delivers his ethos. “You say I’m dangerous,” he raps. “I speak for the nameless / I fly with the vultures, I be with them bangers / If change don’t come then the change won’t come / If the bands make ’em dance, then the rain gon’ come.”
Following a soaring hook from Mavis about change’s inevitable arrival, Push reflects on truth, education, and serenity. “Promise me my pastor isn’t lyin’ as he preach,” he rhymes. “Tell me that they’ll listen if it’s lessons that I teach / Tell me there’s a heaven in the sky where there is peace / But until then, I keep my piece in arm’s reach.”
According to G.O.O.D. Music’s President, there was “no hesitation” about this politically-charged collaboration, which was apparently inspired by President Donald Trump, even before he was elected. “I was not gonna miss this opportunity,” said Push, who campaigned for Hillary Clinton.
“Damon [Albarn] begins to tell me to conceptualize the album as a party for the end of the world, like if Trump were to win,” he told Beats 1. “I didn’t want to think about it, but that did give me a very colorful backdrop to say anything and attack issues I wanted to attack…I wrote from the perspective of this day … from the perspective of a Trump win. So when this shit really happened, I was like, ‘Wait a minute.’ And then I started wondering, ‘What kind of a crystal ball does this guy have?'”
Featuring Vince Staples, Popcaan, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Grace Jones, D.R.A.M., and Anthony Hamilton, Humanz is set to drop April 28. This will be the group’s first studio album since 2011’s The Fall.
Listen to “Let Me Out” below.