Monday, July 27, 2015

Run the Jewels - "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)"

It seems that, recently, tensions between law enforcement and people of color have been at an especially high level. Many artists have tackled the issue through their work, and Run the Jewels are among the latest to allude to those tensions both in their music and their videos.

They present a bit of a twist on the concept, though. We are presented with two men, a white police officer and a black suspect. At first, it appears that the cop is attempting to arrest an uncooperative suspect, but the fight stretches beyond the course of the afternoon and into the night, far longer than one would expect before an arrest is made, backup is called, or someone is dead. By the end, we're left questioning the nature of the relationship between the men.

Run the Jewels released their amazing sophomore album, Run the Jewels 2, last year. This particular track, a standout from the record, features a guest verse from Zack De La Rocha, formerly of Rage Against the Machine.

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