Run the Jewels get extra animated – literally – in the video for “Lie, Cheat, Steal,” a track off last year’s Run the Jewels 2 album. Throughout the clip, which comes via Noisey and was directed by Ruff Mercy (Young Thug’s “Old English,” Disclosure’s “F for You”), Killer Mike and El-P rap about some popular vices in front of a graffiti mural as lines highlight their movement, the screen distorts around them wearing Richard Nixon masks and Mike gets some unnatural red eye.
The video’s backdrop shows off art that was created as a part of the duo’s “Tag the Jewels” street-art initiative. More than 30 artists worldwide “remixed” Run the Jewels’ album art, originally created by New York artist Nicholas Gazin, for the project and created tableaus in locations ranging from Los Angeles to New Delhi. All of the murals are viewable here.
That international art project also inspired the covers of two Marvel Comics titles: special editions of Deadpool and Howard the Duck. “Seeing the way that my 11-year-old son and his friends were improv-ing off of this really vibrant, iconic image…It got me thinking,” Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Rolling Stone about the covers. “If you’ve got this movement around the world from Bangladesh to Taiwan, people are doing their interpretations of this logo, and I got these roughnecks doing it on the sideline of a football game…. Maybe Marvel could weigh in on this and have some fun.”
In other Run the Jewels news, the group is currently the subject of an interactive “backstage pass” BBC video, allowing people to click on icons for a unique inside look at the group’s recent London concert. It offers views of the stage and from the audience, during performances, as well as interviews about “Meow the Jewels” and their views on politics, among other subjects.
The concert took place at the end of 2014, around the same time the duo performed in a decommissioned Paris train station.