“Close Your Eyes” And Check Out This Lyric Video For DJ Shadow x Nas “Systematic”

“Systematic,” the first-ever collaboration between DJ Shadow and Nas, now has a lyric video. The fiery, scathing song was unveiled last month during the season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley. It’s the first new piece of music from DJ Shadow since The Mountain Will Fall was released last year to raves on Mass Appeal Records.

It’s been a busy spring for the legendary DJ and producer. He made his fifth career appearance at Coachella. He launched his own radio show called Find, Share, Rewind—which airs at 10pm the first Saturday of each month on KCRW FM. He also recently announced a July run of dates in the U.S. in addition to a 5-month international “The Mountain Will Fall” tour that will have him criss-crossing the globe well into October.

The lyric video, authored by MASS APPEAL’s own TTK, features a collage of images and animations as the song plays through. “I did my best to combine elements from pop culture, graphic design, hand lettering, and illustration that will hopefully take the viewer on a lyrical & visual journey,” says the artist.

“The minute I heard the song DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels, I said ‘I gotta be on a song produced by DJ Shadow,” says Nas of the collab.

“We come up in the same times, we like the same stuff,” he adds. “So your music and what you play and what you produce just made me think of like…”

“Grand Puba Maxwell!” Shadow jumps in.

“All day long,” adds Nas. “I mention him in the song, by the way.”

“Systematic” is available now for download via all DSPs. Listen and download it here. You can also preorder the Silicon Valley soundtrack, dropping June 23 via Mass Appeal Records.


May 18 – LiquidRoom – Tokyo, Japan

May 20 – The Star Festival – Kyoto, Japan

May 23 – Jack Rabbit Slim’s – Perth, Australia

May 25 – The Triffid– Brisbane, Australia

May 27/28 – Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

May 31 – 170 Russell Melbourne – Melbourne, Australia

Jun 2 – The Powerstation – Auckland, New Zealand

Jun 9 – Sideways Festival – Helsinki, Finland

Jun 14 – Le Bikini – Ramonville-St-Agne, France

Jun 16 – Sonar by Night – Barcelona, Spain

Jun 17 – Atabal – Biarritz, France

Jun 20 – Elysee Montmarte – Paris, France

Jun 21 – L’Astrolabe – Orleans, France

Jun 22 – Transbordeur – Lyon, France

Jun 24 – Glastonbury Festival – Poole, UK

Jul 6 – Festival d’ete de Quebec – Quebec, Canada

Jul 7 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Ontario

Jul 8 – Park West – Chicago, IL

Jul 10 – Madrid Theatre – Kansas City, MO

Jul 11 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO

Jul 12 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT

Jul 14 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

Jul 15 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR

Jul 16 – The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA

Jul 18 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Jul 19 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ

Jul 21 – Emo’s – Austin, TX

Jul 22 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX

Jul 23 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX

Jul 24 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN

Jul 25 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY

Jul 27 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA

Jul 28 – Randall’s Island Park / Panorama Festival – New York, NY

Jul 30 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA

Jul 31 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC

Aug 1 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA

Aug 2 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN

Aug 4 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

Aug 11 – Sziget Music Festival – Budapest, Hungary

Aug 13 – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay – Newquay, UK

Aug 15 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK

Aug 16 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK

Aug 18 – Le Fort de Saint Pere – St Pere, France

Sep 6 – Fort Punta Christo – Pula, Croatia

Sep 9 – Bestival – Lulworth, United Kingdom

Sep 17 – Festaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany

Sep 18 – Technikum – Munich, Germany

Sep 22 – Alte Feuerwache – Mannheim, Germany

Sep 25 – De Roma – Antwerp, Netherlands

Sep 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sept 28 – O2 Academy – Oxford, UK

Sep 30 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK

Oct 1 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, UK

Oct 3 – O2 ABC – Glasgow, United Kingdom

Oct 5 – Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom

Oct 6 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom

Oct 7 – Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom

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