The first feeling you get after watching Run The Jewels video for “Close Your Eyes & Count To Fuck” is a feeling of tired. Of being empty and wondering why is there such a cycle about police harrassment and brutality in America. Killer Mike, El-P and Zack De La Rocha only show their faces in the opening five seconds of the video, the rest of it is left up to a struggle between two characters, Cop and Kid. We’ll let director AG Rojas explain the rest.

“When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”

The fact that there’s no defined ending for it shows that Cop and Kid are just going to keep going in a circle, one trying to break free and the other trying to impose the law without looking at the nature of being a human being and understanding his fellow man. It’s a powerful dynamic exhibited in black and white, the only pop you get besides the trios lyrics? When Cop shoves an elbow into Kid and cracks his jaw, causing blood and spit to fly into the sky. Check out the video here.

Run The Jewels 2 is available now.