By Hayden Wright
Run the Jewels is one of rap’s most politically outspoken duos, so, in true form, they’ve released a video for “Legend Has It” that drops them right in the center of racial profiling and police brutality. In the clip, Killer Mike and El-P stand in a police station lineup alongside cops, a little girl and multiple versions of themselves. It begs a timely question: How do we presume guilt?
The video was directed by Brian Beletic and also features an acid trip and mass incarceration statistics. In an interrogation room, a witness is manipulated to spare the cops: “Officer Wallis? He’s not guilty?” Other members of the lineup are eliminated until El-P and Killer Mike are left.
Watch the video for “Legend Has It” here: