Powerful new clip...
Run The Jewels

The relationship between police and citizens is the subject of ongoing debate in the United States.

A series of high profile cases have caused many to question the use of force, with many musicians speaking out on the matter.

Run The Jewels have aired their voice before - Killer Mike spoke out after the Mike Brown incident - but their new, AG Rojas directed video goes further.

A powerful, strikingly shot work, 'Close Your Eyes' shows actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield as a black youth and a white police officer engaged in a violent struggle.

Posted on their site alongside a statement, some pointed quotes are as follows:

AG Rojas:

"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."

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."

Killer Mike of Run The Jewels adds: "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 for dialogue and to 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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