The politically-charged clip features a fight between a white cop and an unarmed black youth
Run The Jewels have shared a politically-charged video for their track ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’.
The song itself is a collaboration with Rage Against The Machine‘s Zack De La Rocha and features on the hip-hop duo’s recent album, ‘RTJ2’. The video was directed by AG Rojas and stars Boardwalk Empire actor Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield (who will play Snoop Dogg in the upcoming NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’) as a white cop and an unarmed black youth respectively.
Director Rojas said of the video: “When Run the Jewels sent me this [track], I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country.”
Watch the video below.
Hip-hop pair El-P and Killer Mike performed at the awards ceremony, which was held at the O2 Academy Brixton in south London last month (February 18), later meeting the legendary musician backstage. Speaking to NME at the time, Run The Jewels joked that they wanted to “kidnap” Page.
Now the organisers of Field Day festival have revealed that they’re plotting to unite Jimmy Page and Run The Jewels live onstage. Field Day have set up a Facebook event called ‘Can we get Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) to guest with Run the Jewels at Field Day 2015?!’
The organisers write: “After that picture of Jimmy Page and Run the Jewels at the NME Awards appeared in February, we got to thinking – what if they really would come to together to form the best super-group of 2015? So here we are, asking for you to help us make the dream come true! Spread the word to help make Field Day 2015 a year to remember.”
Run The Jewels were recently announced as among the acts set to perform at Field Day, which takes place between June 6-7 at London’s Victoria Park.