Rune Will is a Hip-hop artist, entrepreneur and label owner. Though he has worked in music for many years, he made his debut as ‘Rune Will’ in 2018 with the release of the single “The Decree, Pt. 1.” Since then, the prolific artist has dropped a steady string of singles for his company, Beat Council.
“Blood on the Leaves” is the latest single from Rune Will, released to BandCamp on February 1, 2021 to commemorate Black History Month. It is the first single from his forthcoming album “BRUH: Blatant Racism Undermines Happiness.” The track is a powerful commentary on the state of race relations in America. Over a hard rap beat with old-school breaks and modern Trap hi-hats, Rune says their names.
News reports of Black deaths at the hands of the police play in the background as the rapper calls out institutional racism for what it is. He lists the victims and rightfully recounts the history that brought us here. The song’s powerful video opens with a tragically realistic short film depicting Rune as the innocent victim of a murder at the hands of a cop. Once the song starts we see the rapper confronting the police and a MAGA hat wearing racist, as they stand in ignorant and defiant silence.
“Blood On the Leaves” takes its title from the Jazz classic, “Strange Fruit.” That song, first made famous by the late great Billie Holiday, was a bold protest against lynchings in the Jim Crow South of the 1930s. In 1965 the legendary Nina Simone recorded her own version of the song. As “Blood On the Leaves” fades, we hear her sing the lines, “Black bodies, swinging in the Southern breeze.” Tragically, 90 years after they were written those words remain relevant.
Watch the video for “Blood On The Leaves,” below. Follow the links below the video to connect with Run Will. But even more important, connect to his words. Be part of the solution. Silence is complicity.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.Dr. Martin Luther King
“Wise words from a man living in a time we thought passed, but those words ring truer today more than ever.”
– Rune Will