Super producer and emcee El-P recently dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, called “Flyentology.” The track features Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and was written after El-P experienced a near-fatal plane crash. The rapper already had a fear of flying, but when he was on a recent flight, one of the engines on the plane exploded and the plane had to make an emergency landing. Afterward, El-P reexamined his feeling on faith and religion.
"I realized that my spiritual life exists only while on planes,” El-P said. “During the experience I found myself praying, and I don’t even know how to pray. So this is my song about religion, which I think a lot of people can relate to. It’s my admittance of being an a-hole who thinks he’s better than God until the very moment when I realize that not only am I not, but I really, really want God to love me and take care of me."
The video for “Flyentology” will be produced by the folks at Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and premiere on Comedy Central at a later date. The album, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, features appearances from The Mars Volta, Aesop Rock, Cage, Cat Power, and others and will drop on March 20.