The song appears on DJ Shadow’s, The Mountain Will Fall, which is currently available on Mass Appeal Records. A statement from label says the video “depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe.”
The video, which was directed by Sam Pilling and produced by Pulse Films, stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey, and was shot in NYC, London and Ukraine. It only features a brief glimpse of DJ Shadow, Killer Mike and El-P, instead focusing on a room full of mostly white, male politicians, who sit engrossed, as the two opposing political leaders have a heated exchange, mouthing El-P’s and Mike’s charged lyrics.
“I am crack / I ain’t lying / Kick a lion in his crack / I’m the s— / I will fall off in your crib / Take a s— / Pet your momma on the booty / kick your do / F— your bitch / Fat boy dressed up like he’s Santa and took pictures with your kids,” the politician says, mouthing Killer Mike’s lyrics to his nemesis.
Both the concept and end result is dope, to say the least.
“We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead,” DJ Shadow explained.
At the video’s climax, a fight finally breaks out. One dude gets molly-wopped, another gets shanked with a broken pencil—basically, all hell breaks loose. In one especially powerful scene, the main politician starts waving around an American flag, using the stick it hangs from as a lethal weapon. He stops just short of stabbing his foe in the chest with it at the end of the video.
“It’s such a dope video,” Killer Mike said. “It’s what I really wish Trump and Hillary would do and get it over with. And even in that fight I think Hillary would win—and that’s not an endorsement.”
Watch “Nobody Speak” above.