In addition to the No I.D.-produced track, Killer Mike also shared its video, which boasts an introductory monologue by Dave Chappelle.
Both the song and the video reframe key moments in black history and the fight for freedom, with the visual literally finding Killer Mike on the battlefield leading a battalion of Black and allied people against an army of Nazis, secessionists, and confederates.
“If you’re looking at this video, certain things are gonna stand out: Obviously, there’s a war going on for people who want justice and righteousness, and there’s a war that’s symbolized by what you would notice is old Confederate uniforms and Nazi-like uniforms,” Killer Mike said of the Adrian Villagomez-directed video.
“I wanted this video — that was inspired by the monologue that Dave Chappelle did at the beginning — to be representative that there’s a fight, the spiritual fight, that is going on every single day with us.”
While Young Thug doesn’t appear in the video — he and Gunna are currently behind bars in Atlanta on RICO charges related to the YSL crew — his presence is felt on the battlefield, where one soldier waves a flag that reads “Free Thug. Protect Black Art. Free Gunna.”
Killer Mike added, “This video represents the warfare that is going on between Fox, CNN, MSNBC. It represents the warfare that is going on between those that are asleep and those that are awake. It represents — in really, really simple terms — those of us that are just, those of us who are hope-filled and hopeful.”
“Run” marks Killer Mark’s first solo music since his acclaimed LP R.A.P. Music in 2012; that album paired him with producer/rapper El-P, with the duo collaborating as Run the Jewels ever since.