Killer Mike has been politically active lately, penning op-eds on the use of rap lyrics in trial and speaking about the grand jury verdict in the Ferguson case. Somehow he’s also found time to keep releasing videos for his rap duo with El-P, Run The Jewels. The latest, for “Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry),” just dropped. Check it out below.
The song rolls low and fast, with occasional interjections of “oh my” and strings of manipulated vocal samples. It’s streamlined and brutally efficient, a three-and-a-half-minute battering ram. “Oh My Darling (Don’t Cry)” is the second single from Run The Jewel’s recently released album, RTJ2.
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In the video, El-P and Mike rap standing back-to-back, mostly in darkness. The visual equivalent of the vocal blips are the sudden bursts of color — shifting sets of neon patterns courtesy of director Timothy Saccenti. (Saccenti has also worked with Flying Lotus and Depeche Mode.) There are quick cuts from the two rappers to partially-obscured, barely-clothed bodies, as if Mike and El-P are rapping in the middle of a sex club. (One of El-P’s lines: “I do two things, I rap and f—.”)
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Run The Jewels start a European tour next week. You can see those dates below.
12/10 – Glasgow – Glasgow Garage
12/11 – Manchester – Gorilla
12/12 – London – Koko
12/13 – Paris – La Bellevilloise
12/15 – Helsinki – Tavastia
12/16 – Stockholm – Debaser Strand
12/19 – Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
12/20 – Utrecht – Tivoli Vredenburg
12/21 – Dublin – Opium Rooms
12/30 – Falls Festival – Lorne, Australia
12/31 – Falls Festival – Marion Bay, Australia
1/1 – Falls Festival – Byron Bay, Australia
1/3 – Southbound Festival – Busselton, Australia
1/7 – HiFi – Sydney, Australia
1/8 – The Forum – Melbourne, Australia
1/9 – James Caberet – Wellington
1/10 – Studio – Auckland