News: Jay-Z's "Run This Town" Music Video Premiere Date Revealed

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z's upcoming "Run This Town" music video, which features Rihanna and Kanye West, will officially debut in its entirety this week.



The highly-anticipated video will debut Thursday (August 20) evening.

MTV will be the exclusive on-air and online outlet for the global multi-platform premiere of the new Jay-Z music video 'Run This Town' with Rihanna and Kanye West. The video will debut on Thursday, August 20th at 8pm EST (international premiere times to be announced locally) across all MTV properties including MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Tr3s, MTV Hits, MTV Jams in the U.S. as well as on MTV's international network of channels. 'Run This Town' is the second video from the multi-award-winning rapper's highly-anticipated album The Blueprint 3, which releases on September 11th, 2009. (Press Release)

MTV Networks International Senior Vice President Bruce Gillmer explained the significance of the upcoming premiere.

"MTV's ability to deliver fresh music content simultaneously across our global network of properties gives music fans exclusive access to their favorite recording artists while providing these artists unprecedented exposure," Gillmer said in a statement. "Jay-Z is an absolute powerhouse in the music industry, and MTV is thrilled to offer the world a first look at his video 'Run This Town,' a stellar collaboration between three of the biggest acts in music today." (PR Newswire)

Jay revealed details about the record's concept in a teaser video yesterday (August 17).

"The song is pretty much about evolution and the progress," Hov said in a teaser video. "You know, you start out as a new artist, you make your way into the game and you climb that mountain and you get to the top and put your flag down. And that's pretty much us putting our flag down. 'This is Roc Nation, pledge your allegiance,' put your flag at the top of the mountain and say we run this town." (YouTube)

A minute-long preview of the clip landed online last Friday (August 14).

Premiering online Friday afternoon is Jay-Z's "Run This Town" music video sneak peek which shows very quick snap shots giving viewers a dungeon-like feel. Jay-Z is shown wearing what appears to be a black hoody and shades alongside Kanye West as additional extras surround them with torches. The preview gives off a militant feel as various people with objects in their hands pump their fists to the air with Rihanna laying the hook in her all-black attire. Additional hints of the video's setting come towards the end as messages read "Where Are We? Underground?" "Angry Touch Wielding Mob," "Jay Runs This Mob Tonight," 'Ye Is Jay's Right Hand Man," "Kanye's Eye?," "Rihanna: Queen Of The Underground" and "Jay's Going Incognito...But Why?" (LuvDC Blogspot)

Check out Jay-Z speaking on "Run This Town" below:

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