Pusha T and Mavis Staples Team Up for Dark Gorillaz Track ‘Let Me Out’ [LISTEN]
Gorillaz continue their politically-charged themes with their latest single, “Let Me Out” featuring Pusha T and Mavis Staples. The song is from the group's upcoming album, Humanz.
On the track, Pusha T and Mavis Staples deliver hypothetical, doomsday lyrics about a world falling apart under a Donald Trump administration. “Obama is gone, who is left to save us?” asks Push over computer-sounding productions. “So together we mourn, I'm praying for my neighbors / They say the devil's at work and Trump is calling favors...if change don't come, then the change won't come / If the bands make 'em dance, then the rain gon' come."
Staples is on hook duties as she fears for the worst and suggests that death may be our only escape. “All the world is out of your hands / You got to die a little if you wanna live,” she sings, adding, Change come to pass / You'd best be ready for it.”
Pusha T told Beats 1 that he recorded the song prior to Donald Trump being elected into office. Gorillaz founder Damon Albarn wanted to create a dark fantasy about the world coming to an end after Trump becomes president.
“Damon begins to tell me to conceptualize the album as a party for the end of the world, like if Trump were to win,” he said (via Rap-Up). “I wrote from the perspective of this day...from the perspective of a Trump win. So when this s--- really happened, I was like, ‘Wait a minute.’ And then I started wondering, ‘What kind of a crystal ball does this guy have?'”
Humanz, which arrives on April 28, boasts guest appearances from Vince Staples (“Ascension”), D.R.A.M. (“Andromeda”), Grace Jones (“Charger”) and more. Gorillaz will also be releasing a deluxe edition with five additional songs.