Run The Jewels, the lauded duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have shared a new lyric video for “JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)” from their critically adored new release RTJ4 . The album standout includes features from Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha and has been paired with a mind-bending stop motion visual courtesy of Pulse Films’ Winston Hacking. “I worked closely with Run The Jewels to create a satirical time-capsule of 2020 thus far, capturing the sentiment of their song using collage animation,” states Hacking. “Drawing on the influence of Public Enemy’s classic ‘Shut ‘Em Down’ video, we combined cut up images from contemporary and historical events into a psychedelic protest vignette, a visual fuck you to systemic racism.”
RTJ4, released in June to massive acclaim, sparked a tremendous amount of cultural dialogue, in no small part because its themes resonate so closely with the current moment. The album, which also includes features from Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Josh Homme, Greg Nice, and DJ Premier, is among the top rated albums of the year according to reviews aggregator Metacritic and has proven to be a mainstay on mid-year “best of” lists, including USA Today, Time, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Pitchfork, American Songwriter, and more. Killer Mike recently chatted with Tom Power about police brutality, protest music and the timeliness of RTJ for q on CBC available to watch here.