run the jewels close your eyes

El-P and Killer Mike debut the latest set of visuals off their Run The Jewels 2 album, and it’s easily the most powerful video yet. Touching on the shameful police brutality that occurred occurs all over the country, the black-and-white clip for “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” follows an exhausting, brutal tussle between cop Shea Whigman (Boardwalk Empire, True Detective) and unarmed civilian Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12), which eventually ends in a truce. Black eyes and bloody mouths aside, it’s sad that things don’t pan out like this in real life.

Watch the video below…

Says director AG Rojas:

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 with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their ways past their judgements and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.

[DIY mag]

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