“Me and Killer Mike have been waiting for the right time to drop this,” El-P tweeted before sharing Run the Jewels‘ new animated lyric video for their Boots-assisted cut “Early.” “Then we realized that it is (sadly) always the right time.”
Like the video for the Run the Jewels 2 track “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck),” the “Early” clip examines the strained relationship between law enforcement and black communities. “Early,” created by Bug and Sluzzy, also touches upon the protests that have stretched from Wall Street to Ferguson to Baltimore and hints at the constant surveillance of American citizens.
The video arrives just a day after El-P teased fans with a snippet of new Run the Jewels music. However, even though RTJ and RTJ2 dropped in consecutive years, he tweeted that “RTJ3 is almost definitely not coming in 2015. Touring all year but every chance we get we are working hard on [a record].” The rapper and producer also revealed that much progress has been made on the lighthearted, Kickstarter-fueled Meow the Jewels remix project.
On more serious notes, Killer Mike has spent the last few months penning op-eds on a variety of issues, from the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal cases to an indictment of Wolf Blitzer and Geraldo Rivera for their Baltimore coverage. The rapper will also serve as guest on the Friday night episode of Real Time With Bill Maher. He will discuss race relations in Baltimore alongside another of the city’s notable residents, director John Waters.