“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 way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”

For El-P of Run the Jewels “this is a vision of a seemingly never-ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.”

Adds partner Killer Mike “this video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world. However, there is an opportunity to dialogue and change the way communities are policed in this country. Salutes to AG Rojas for his unique take on the subject matter and to Shea and Keith for giving us their all and bringing it to life.”

Buy RTJ2 on iTunes:​ ​http://found.ee/rtj2

DIRECTED BY A.G. ROJAS
PRODUCED BY PARK PICTURES

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
04/10 – Coachella
04/17 – Coachella
05/09 – Big Guava Fest, Ft. Lauderdale FL
05/23 – Boston Calling Music Festival 2015, Boston, MA
05/29 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
06/06 – Field Day 2015 – London UK
06/07 – The Forum – London, UK
06/12 – Bonnaroo Music Festival 2015, Manchester TN
07/05 – ATP Iceland 2015 – Keflavik, Iceland
08/11-08/15 – Oya Festival 2015 – Oslo, Norway
08/14 – Flow Festival 2015 – Helsinki, Finland
08/28- Reading Festival 2015 – Reading, UK
08/29 – Leeds Festival, Wetherby, UK

For more information:
————–Run The Jewels————–
http://www.runthejewels.net/
https://twitter.com/therealelp
https://twitter.com/KillerMikeGTO
https://twitter.com/runjewels
https://instagram.com/KillerMikeGTO
https://instagram.com/thereallyrealelp

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Protector of the Realm as seen on MTV,MTVu, Allhiphop hiphopdx, 2dopeboyz, Tigerhoods, The Source Magazine. DJ Shoestring has worked with rap industry heavyweights like Wiz Khalifa, Master P, Mr. Magic, Youngbleed, D-12, Troy Ave, French Montana, Lil Kim, AZ, Mase, Mobb Deep and more. From Toronto but currently in New York City.

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Protector of the Realm as seen on MTV,MTVu, Allhiphop hiphopdx, 2dopeboyz, Tigerhoods, The Source Magazine. DJ Shoestring has worked with rap industry heavyweights like Wiz Khalifa, Master P, Mr. Magic, Youngbleed, D-12, Troy Ave, French Montana, Lil Kim, AZ, Mase, Mobb Deep and more.

From Toronto but currently in New York City.