Earlier this year, outspoken rap duo Run The Jewels released a video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck),” which features a long, violent brawl between a police officer and a young black man. It felt powerful and exhausting, as if to say, “Will police brutality ever stop?”
Laughing Man‘s new “Bodycop” video, the second from last year’s excellent release Be Black Baby, portrays police violence in a different way. There is no fight. Rather, the Zak Forrest-directed video is centered around a montage of a black man’s body lying in various locations around D.C.: the Lincoln Memorial, Lafayette Plaza, the National Museum of the American Indian. The video fits the song perfectly, which is dreamy, repetitive, and soulful, like the sound of someone being lulled into docility.
Towards the end of the video, during the track’s uptempo turn, we see the same individual shadowboxing with the glow of the Washington Monument in the background. But the redemptive moment doesn’t last. In the next shot, he’s a body again.