Arguably one of 2020’s best releases, Run the Jewels‘ star-studded RTJ4 sounds no less vital by years’ end. In fact, its latest music video is perfectly timed to coincide with winter, as “walking in the snow”‘s dedicated clip highlights a cold weather stop-motion battle.
Building off the animated aesthetic presented by the video for “yankee and the brave (ep. 4),” “walking in the snow” serves up a new stylistic twist courtesy of stop-motion savant Chris Hopewell of Jacknife and Black Dog Films.
The four-minute video sees Killer Mike and El-P toys join up with an underground action figure resistance to overthrow the cruel collectibles dominating the bedroom they all inhabit, eventually taking the battle to winter’s worst: Jack Frost himself. Though there’s more meaning to the clip than meets the eye, it’s still a pretty fun experience even when taken at surface level.
“It was great to work with the RtJ guys again,” 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 80’s style fantasy look with evil snow warriors and their icy king oppressing the bedroom toys. Big thanks to the RtJ crew for their truth and for letting us work with their amazing music once again.”
Most recently, RtJ served up its Cyberpunk 2077 cut, “No Save Point.”