Kanye West released on Friday the first standalone music video from his new LP Jesus Is King and it features none other than his father, Ray West.
Ray and Kanye’s mother, Donda West, divorced when the rapper was 3 years old. They had no other children together. After the divorce, Kanye, who was born in Atlanta, moved with his mom to Chicago. He spent summers with his dad in the Washington, D.C. area, Donda died in 2007.
Ray is a former Black Panther, an award-winning photojournalist who was one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s first black photographers and is also a pastoral counselor.
In the video, “Follow God,” the 42-year-old rapper bonds with his dad on his and wife Kim Karashian’s new $14 million ranch in Wyoming. Kanye and Ray smile as they walk together in the shallow snow and also have fun driving ATVs.
My dad came to visit me at one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming. He talked about his love for fishing, and how he could come here in the summers,” Kanye wrote. “It took me 42 years to realize that my dad was my best friend.”