Run The Jewels Want Their Rhymes Over DJ Shadow’s Beat To Leave You Speechless (Video)
Run the Jewels are beloved for many things – not the least of which are the thoughtful, inspirational, and often comedic lyrics contained within their songs. As Heads learned back in April, the same goes for the duo’s work with DJ Shadow, the highly celebrated DJ who is releasing his first album in 5 years later this month. The Mountain Will Fall has been spearheaded by the instrumental title track and the follow-up single, “Nobody Speaks,” a bass-driven track featuring El-P and Killer Mike’s signature lyrical formulas. Run the Jewels’ wit and complexity are all at play here, but as the new video proves, their words are meant to do much more than entertain.
Much like their song “Crown” – for which they dropped an awe-inspiring 360 video – “Nobody Speaks” is laden with the metaphoric, forcing listeners to really take note of what’s being said. Luckily, this time around there’s a lyric video to accompany the bars and make any passive listening nearly impossible. In many ways, this song presents the perfect opportunity for such an approach, as lines like El-P’s opener, “picture this, I’m a bag of dicks, put me to your lips,” leap off the screen. As intimated in the hook, “Wanna hear a good joke? Nobody speak, nobody get choked,” Mike and El’s overall goal with their words is to leave their audience speechless.
The Mountain Will Fall arrives June 24 and is available for pre-order here.