Watch Run the Jewels’ Music Video for ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to F—)’ Feat. Zack De La Rocha
Killer Mike and El-P's rap project Run the Jewels made a name for themselves out of the gate with their self-titled debut in 2013 and really blew up last year after the release of their acclaimed follow-up, Run the Jewels 2. Both records -- 2, in particular -- touched on many social issues including police brutality and racial discrimination; Killer Mike even found himself speaking out on CNN.
Now, the rap duo has released a socially-conscious music video for the track, "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F---)," featuring Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha (who also appears in the beginning of the video). You can check it out above.
In the video, a white police officer chases a black man, each of them punching and fighting each other throughout its four-minute runtime, and the ending brings in the brutal reality of lost lives. Both the officer and victim seem distraught, so it doesn't necessarily stand on one side over the other -- it just speaks to the unfortunate nature of the topic at hand.
The video's director, AJ Rojas, stated, "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. It's provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked."