Wow, what a video. What a song - I'm late to the new Run the Jewels record (I know, I know), but I heard this track, Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) the other day and was immediately excited by it. The pounding beat, the white hot lyrics, Zach de la Rocha jumping in with his usual insistence - I love it all. But this video takes the song to another level, and is an incredible piece of art all on its own.
Shea Whigham and Keith Stansfield represent the police and black America, locked in a violent struggle without a beginning or an ending, a battle that is not mythologized or glamorous but ugly, mean and exhausting... and in the end recast as domestic violence. It's an extraordinary work, one that will smack you in the face with the reality of the futile struggle we must try to overcome.
By the way: way to go, old guys! I've been a fan of El-P since Company Flow, I know Killer Mike from his OutKast guest spots and I have no shame in telling you that the first Rage Against The Machine record is one of the seminal albums of my young adulthood. I like seeing guys in their 40s still going hard.