Run the Jewels aren’t walking in a winter wonderland to be cute this Christmas. Their new “Walking in the Snow” music video, which the hip-hop duo premiered on Tuesday (Dec. 29), runs deeper than that.
Killer Mike and El-P‘s action figures transform from being one mother’s Christmas present by day to vigilantes by night when tyrannical snow soldiers and their ice king slither out from underneath a child’s bed and wreak havoc on the cardboard city and its toy residents, symbolic of police brutality against Black Americans.
“It was great to work with the RTJ guys again,” Chris Hopewell, the director of the stop-motion visual, 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 Eighties style fantasy look with evil snow warriors and their icy king oppressing the bedroom toys. It was great to be involved with a project with a positive vibe to end a pretty f—ed-up year.”
“Walking in the Snow” is featured on their Billboard 200 top 10 album RTJ4, which they released ahead of schedule in June timed with reinvigorated Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May.
“F— it, why wait? The world is invested with bullsh–, so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all,” the supergroup wrote in a statement about their surprise release at the time. “We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving two friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”
Watch the “Walking in the Snow” music video below.