Run the Jewels are capping off yet another critically acclaimed year with the release of their new video for RTJ4 standout “Walking in the Snow”. And they sure know how to go out with a bang: El-P and Killer Mike star as ass-kicking action figures ready to save the day.
Today’s stop-motion clip comes courtesy of Chris Hopewell, who also directed the hip-hop duo’s “Don’t Get Captured” vid from 2017. In it, RTJ valiantly lead a toy rebellion against an evil, dictator-like ice king. In addition to being a thrilling and visually entertaining watch, the video aptly encapsulates the powerful essence of RTJ4, an album that denounces systemic oppression in all its forms and rallies for change. Check it out below.
“It was great to work with the RTJ guys again,” Hopewell commented in a statement. “Everyone was very aware of the gravity of the subject matter and RTJ didn’t want to be too obvious or on the nail with the visuals, so we went with an Eighties style fantasy look with evil snow warriors and their icy king oppressing the bedroom toys. It was great to be involved with a project with a positive vibe to end a pretty fucked-up year.”
RTJ4 landed on our Top 50 Albums of 2020 list, while single “Ooh La La” was named one of our favorite songs of the ear. For more of El-P and Mike, the pair contributed a new song called “No Save Point” to the Cyberpunk 2077 soundtrack, as well as appeared in the video game itself. Our former group of the year also recently remixed the Royal Blood song “The Ground Below”.