- 29 Dec 20
The pair's latest album - RTJ4 - arrived in June amid heightened racial tension in the US following the police killing of George Floyd. The work gained widespread critical acclaim as one of the duo’s best records, but missed out on an Album of the Year nomination for the 2021 Grammys.
Run the Jewels have shared a stop-motion music video for their RTJ4 track 'walking in the snow', featuring Killer Mike and El-P as action figures.
Helmed by 'Burn the Witch' director Chris Hopewell, the visuals feature toy version of the duo leading a revolution against an icy, authoritarian regime.
“It was great to work with the RTJ guys again,” Chris Hopewell said 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 ’80s 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. Big thanks to the RTJ crew for their truth and for letting us work with their amazing music once again.”
'Walking in the Snow' follows videos for RJT4 tracks 'Ooh La La' and 'Out of Sight,' the latter of which featured 2 Chainz.
This isn’t the duo’s first stop-motion-style music video; Hopewell directed the group’s 'Don’t Get Captured' claymation video in 2017.
RTJ4 was ranked No. 11 on the Hot Press Albums of 2020 poll.