“Nobody Speak” by DJ Shadow | Corporate Rivalries = Gang Violence

Exactly two months after the release of his newest album, DJ Shadow released the official music video for the most popular song on the album by far, “Nobody Speak.”

Story | Madison Lippincott

Image | Mass Appeal

The track features rappers El Producto and Killer Mike who dominate the track with witty profanity and fightin’ words. It’s not totally obvious that the two rappers are meant to be butting heads. However, the release of the song’s music video on August 24 paints this picture for us in an unusually satirical way.

The referred music video opens up to what looks to be a round-table meeting. As the instrumental intro vamps up, the camera angle widens out and we realize that it isn’t a group sitting – it’s two older corporate-looking white men sitting at opposing desks.

The tension in the scene rises as it does in the lyrics. The two men rise from their desks while others sitting behind them on either side of the room try to ignore the pressure building. Finally punches are thrown and an all-out brawl ensues.

When putting two and two together, one can assume that the lyrics of the song paired with the two brawling corporations in the video are supposed to draw a parallel between gang violence and corporate rivalries. While it seems that the video is meant to be a tad satirical, both are very serious issues in this country.

One parallel that can be drawn between the two is the corruption of the ideal American narrative; the American Dream doesn’t include robbery and drugs. However, the two problems still exist in America and are addressed in the song.

I rob Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Linus and Lucy
Put coke in the doobie, roll woolies to smoke with Snoopy

Deception and thievery, however, is not only found in the midst of gang violence but in the corporate world as well. The corporate world is mentioned but the highlight is mention of Donald Trump and his ridiculous corporate and political antics.

At the end of the video, one of the elderly men can be seen getting up on a desk and waving an American flag.

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