Praise God

Album: Donda (2021)
Charted: 20
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  • Kanye West was raised a Christian by his single mom, but after finding success as a rapper, he edged away from his faith. In 2019, Yeezy had a spiritual transformation when he declared himself born again and started rapping about his new life in Christ. West's Donda album is full of allusions to his Christian beliefs; during this spacey track, he thanks his Lord and savior.

    We gon' praise our way out the grave, dawg
    Livin', speakin', praise God
    Walkin' out the graveyard back to life
    I serve, follow your word, see with new sight, into the night

    Kanye is full of gratitude to the Lord for bringing him out of his former dark way of living and into the light.
  • Kanye kicks off this track with his mother, Donda West, reciting part of the Gwendolyn Brooks poem "Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward (Among them Nora and Henry III)." The rapper named his album in tribute to his late mom; he includes an extract from the same speech on the title track.
  • The song reunites Kanye with Travis Scott. Their collaborative history dates to 2012 when Scott co-produced three of West's Cruel Summer tracks. Other hookups between the pair include Yeezy's "Champions" and "Wash Us In The Blood," and the Texan rapper's "Watch."

    Scott raps two brief verses here in which he talks about remaining vigilant amid life's challenges.
  • Kendrick Lamar's cousin, Baby Keem, concludes the track by calling out inactive Christians who only turn to God when they need Him.

    Y'all treat your Lord and Savior like renters' insurance, you know what I mean?

    He compares their passivity to property insurance, which people only think about when an issue occurs with their home.
  • The latter part of Baby Keem's verse is a come-up narrative. He raps about being raised by a single Black mother to reaping the rewards of becoming a successful rapper.

    I turned a heavy heart to two million dollars
    I put that in totals, reverse outta debty
    I gotta, I gotta put on the Richard one time

    The luxury Swiss watch brand Richard Mille is frequently namechecked by MCs.
  • Kanye West created the ominous organ-laden production with:

    EarDrummers Records in-house producer 30 Roc (Cardi B's "Bartier Cardi," Roddy Ricch's "The Box").

    The writing and producing duo Ojivolta, who comprise Mark Williams and Raul Cubina (Shawn Mendes "If I Can't Have You," Rosé's "On The Ground").

    Mike Dean, Sloane, and ZenTachi also helped with the production.


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