New Video: Killer Mike Teams up with NO I.D., Young Thug and Dave Chappelle on Righteous “RUN”

Over the past decade Killer Mike has been rather busy: He’s one-half of acclaimed hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, which has released four critically applauded albums. He’s also become a highly regarded cultural commentator, who has had two of his own shows — Love and Respect on PBS/Revolt TV and Trigger Warning on Netflix, as well as regular appearances on Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher. His public comments in the wake of the Ferguson verdict and the police killing of George Floyd went viral. And as you may recall, he famously had a stint as a campaign surrogate for Bernie Sanders. Lastly, Killer Mike was the recipient of Billboard‘s inaugural 2020 Change Maker Award.

The NO I.D.-produced “RUN” is the acclaimed emcee and social commentator’s first bit of solo material in over a decade. Centered around a brooding and uneasy production featuring skittering snare and hit-hat, chopped up and reverb-drenched horn samples “RUN” sees one of this era’s greatest emcees spitting some righteous bars that actively reframes American history to include the entirety of Black history as an integral part of the country’s history — while being a visceral reminder that the struggle to make this place live up to its ideals has been constant, seemingly unending yet entirely necessary. The song also includes a guest verse from Young Thug.

Directed by Adrian Villagomez and featuring an introductory monologue from Dave Chappelle inspired by the song’s themes that compares the Black experience in America to storming the beach at Normandy, the accompanying, cinematic video for “RUN” portrays the just and righteous fight for freedom and equality in a visceral context: a collection of Black folks and allies righteously rising up and fighting tyrannical, neo-Nazi-like secessionists that want to take the country back 150 years.

Yes the video in many ways is a nightmarish repetition of our country’s ugly and violent past. But until we honestly confront our nation’s history, we will be doomed to endlessly repeat it.

“RUN”, which has already seen widespread support via airings on BET and MTV, a Zane Lowe interview along with features in The Guardian and Complex and more, marks Mike’s first solo material since his breakout solo album R.A.P. Music in 2012 which was followed by a collaboration with indie-rap powerhouse El-P that inspired the duo to team up as Run The Jewels who have gone on to create four wildly acclaimed albums and near cultural ubiquity. Mike has also frequently surfaced as a cultural commentator in high regard, from his own shows Love and Respect (WPBA / Revolt) and Trigger Warning (Netflix), to regular appearances on Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Real Time with Bill Maher, to his stint as a campaign surrogate for Bernie Sanders, to viral moments addressing the public in the wake of the Ferguson verdict and the police killing of George Floyd. Mike was also the recipient of Billboard’s inaugural 2020 Change Maker Award.