One of the most exciting rap duos in music, Run The Jewels, have shared a new claymation video for the song “Don’t Get Captured,” from their hard-hitting album Run The Jewels 3. Directed by Chris Hopewell, the animated video comes over half a year after the album dropped late last year on Christmas day.
As clay figures, Killer Mike and El-P enter a grim scene with flashing green skulls. They roll in on a skull-shaped train and cruise through a torn-apart haunted town. Skeleton figures try to harass the RTJ duo as they push through the town. Each group of skeletons play a different role — the wealthy, the poor, the protestors, and the police. There are subtle and not-so-subtle depictions of gentrification and racial profiling, as well as a biased court system. And of course while all of this is happening, the “Don’t Get Captured” hook is ringing throughout the video. RTJ leave the haunted town as a skeleton is being executed by electrocution.
Violent, dark, and political are three words you could use to describe this new video, as well as the entire Run The Jewels catalog. The rap duo has never been afraid to confront the injustices in society, no matter how painful the issue. And the director, Chris Hopewell, has worked on other politically-charged music videos, such as Radiohead’s “Burn The Witch.”
Since releasing Run The Jewels 3, Killer Mike and El-P have been touring around the world, and Killer Mike recently appeared on two tracks on Big Boi’s BOOMIVERSE album. The group will continue to tour with stops at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. Then, in the fall, they will hop over to Europe and the U.K. in this era of political instability, it’s a good time to have a group like Run The Jewels to make sense of things. Revisit their last album below.