Run The Jewels ft. Zack de la Rocha – Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

“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.”

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Video: Cozz ft. J. Cole – Knock Tha Hustle Remix

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

Dreamville artist, Cozz, gets help from the boss on the “Knock Tha Hustle” remix.

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Video: Lion Babe – Wonder Woman

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

The duo made from Jillian Hervey & Lucas Goodman, aka Lion Babe release a video for their new single “Wonder Woman.”

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Action Bronson Performs “Baby Blue” With Chance The Rapper On The David Letterman Show

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

Action Bronson and Chance The Rapper performed “Baby Blue” off of “Mr. Wonderful” last night on the David Letterman show. The album is on sale now.

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DJ Kay Slay ft. Papoose & Trick Trick – I Love The Game

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

New track off of DJ Kay Slay’s upcoming “The Industry Purge.”

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G-Unit Performs “I’m Grown” On The Jimmy Fallon Show

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

G-Unit hit the Jimmy Fallon stage to perform “I’m Grown” off of “The Beast Is G-Unit” EP.

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