Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) – Run the Jewels cover image

Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) – Run the Jewels

January 18, 2021 stories

A significant element of the beat is a vocal chop of a line in the song itself. A) Meta. B) Who thinks of these things? Do they just sit around and try stuff and stumbled upon it? Is it Music Theory 101 and I just don't know it?

What Part was Influential: It’s overall badassery. It inspires me because I’d love if parts of some of my stories sound badass like this.

I would think having lyrics running through the back of the song like that, for almost the entire song, would become super-annoying super-quick. Nope.

Killer Mike and El-P not only produce really cool stuff (including music videos), they can write. Check out:

Like it’s a pillow torchin’, where the fuck the warden?
And when you find him, we don’t kill him, we just waterboard him
We killin’ ’em for freedom cause they tortured us for boredom
And even if some good ones die, fuck it, the Lord’ll sort ’em

Take a listen.

If you like this, check out Ooh, La La, too. They center the entire thing around one short sample, slowed down, from another rap song, and it’s just so cool. How can you not be influenced by that?