Run The Jewels have released a video for their Zack de la Rocha-assisted Run The Jewels 2 song, “Close Your Eyes (And Count to F*ck).” The visual stars actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield as a cop and a young individual embroiled in a heated, back-and-forth fight with one another. Director AG Rojas — who has directed clips for the likes of Earl Sweatshirt and Jack White — stated that he intended 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” with the filming of the video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count to F*ck”. ”Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it,” Rojas adds in a statement. Further expounding upon the process of filming this video for Run The Jewels and the clip’s message, Rojas says:
“I can tell you it was an emotional shoot day. It is tough to re-create moments that are so fresh and prevalent in our world today. It affected all of us in deep ways. But I believe that it is important that the way we feel when we see these events in real life has an effect on us. That we resonate with what we know to be right and we don’t numb ourselves out so those feelings can simply be swept away, we must confront them and take some action, however small, or we’ll be stuck in the same cycle of violence and hate.”
You can check out the video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count to F*ck)” above.