“Even in the dystopian future, hard rap lives on.” So says EI-P, one half of hip-hop group Run the Jewels, and he somehow manages to do so with a straight face. When Cyberpunk 2077 definitely releases on December 10, it will do so with an all-star OST including Grimes, A$AP Rocky, and Gazelle Twin (a stagename that sounds like an unused Metal Gear Solid boss.)
Run the Jewels’ addition to the soundtrack has an official music video, above, and a non-music video version with some nice album art, below. Earlier this week Killer Mike quaintly described their song thusly: “we wanna provide you with the soundtrack to fucking shit up.”
The official music video shows off all kinds of gangs from the future world of night city, along with neon, katanas, arm blades, and all the other stuff you expect from Cyberpunk 2077 at this point. There are a few neat teases of tech from the world we haven’t seen yet, including a schematic for a tank-like walker. Perhaps something akin to the tanks used by police in the setting for urban pacification?
Those of us with ears will note the Keanu reference. “Cyberpunk holding a pump, Keanu Reeves, cyberarm under my sleeve. I’ll blast ’em all, watch ’em fall like Autumn leaves.” Well, quite.
I’ve listened a few times now, it’s alright. Other opinions include ‘lit’, ‘banger’, and a series of fire emojis.