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Watch world leaders battle-rap—and just plain battle—in DJ Shadow’s timely new music video

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By Amy X. Wang
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The punches pulled, this time, are literal.

In collaboration with hip-hop act Run the Jewels, record producer and musician DJ Shadow has released a new music video depicting politicians going at each other’s necks in more ways than the usual metaphorical one.

Aptly titled “Nobody Speak,” the clip shows a meeting of world leaders that begins with civility, but quickly descends into animal chaos when the leaders provoke each other with increasingly taunting raps (“Picture this, I’m a bag of dicks!” shouts one at the very start of the song).

Eventually, fists meet. Chairs fly. A pig runs inexplicably amok on the conference floor.

The brutal, brawling video represents “what I really wish Trump and Hillary would just do and get it over with,” Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike—and big Bernie Sanders supporter—said in a statement. (He made a point to add: “And even in that fight, I think Hillary would win—and that’s not an endorsement.”)

DJ Shadow issued a similarly tongue-in-cheek comment on the song, which appears on his most recent album The Mountain Will Fall: “We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”

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