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Work On Run The Jewels 3 Begins Next Month

Killer Mike and El-P barely wasted any time between finishing their first Run The Jewels record and commencing work on the second one. It seems they’re keeping that work ethic strong: NME reports that during a fan Q&A Tuesday at Rough Trade East in London, Killer Mike announced that work on RTJ3 begins in January. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2014 - 10:59 am

Read An Excerpt From El-P’s Steven Seagal Fan Fiction

I have met El-P face-to-face exactly once, and during that one meeting, we ended up spending enough time on the Hard Target-vs.-Surviving The Game conversation that I’m pretty sure we bored everyone around us. He is a man who knows things about ’90s action movies. And as such, he’s a self-professed Steven Seagal superfan, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Run The Jewels, YG, And The Magnetic Appeal Of Male Friendship

Anyone can do something once. The early announcements on rap blogs, like this one from HipHopDX, were innocuous enough: “After the critical and commercial success of 2012’s R.A.P. Music, Atlanta, Georgia’s Killer Mike and Brooklyn, New York’s El-P are taking it one step further. While Mike already confirmed a follow-up to the album on the… More »

By: David Grossman / December 5, 2014 - 9:59 am

Run The Jewels – “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” Video (NSFW)

Earlier today, Stereogum named Run The Jewels’ RTJ2 as the year’s best album. It is a beast of a thing, and songs as frantic and layered as the ones on that LP can support a few different interpretations. RTJ’s last video, for “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” was a bleakly comic vision of EMTs who could… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 2, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Run The Jewels – “Blockbuster Night Part 1″ Video

Run The Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, released their monstrous RTJ2 album a couple of weeks ago, and now they’ve made a video for “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” the hard-pounding first single. In the video, Mike and El play fuckup emergency medical technicians, piloting an ambulance through a foggy Atlanta night. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 20, 2014 - 8:44 am

Watch Run The Jewels Meet The Fan Behind Meow The Jewels Kickstarter

Now that Meow The Jewels is officially happening, it’s time to get down to business. We’ve already seen El-P audition some cats for the honor of being sampled on the remix album, and now the inimitable duo have shared a video that documents their meet-up with Phoenix call center worker Sly Jones, the person who… More »

By: James Rettig / November 14, 2014 - 11:08 am

Watch Run The Jewels Lead A “Suck My Dick, Sun Kil Moon!” Chant At Fun Fun Fun Fest

Run The Jewels and Sun Kil Moon played opposite each other at this weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, which ended up being the perfect situation to play off of the incident that kicked off Mark Kozelek’s infamous beef with the War On Drugs. During Run The Jewels’ set, El-P recounted a run-in he… More »

By: James Rettig / November 9, 2014 - 11:28 am

Until The Ribbon Breaks – “Revolution Indifference” (Feat. Run The Jewels) Video

Hey, new Run The Jewels music! And a video too! UK electronic rock band Until The Ribbon Breaks recruited Killer Mike and El-P to guest on their sleek, moody, ominous single “Revolution Indifference” and to co-star in the video. It’s definitely a smoother sound than we’re used to from the typically jagged RTJ, but the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 3, 2014 - 9:32 am

Watch Run The Jewels Pour Their Hearts Into “Early” On Letterman

Run The Jewels capped off a very busy week with their network television debut, performing RTJ2 standout “Early” on Letterman with Boots, DJ Trackstar, and skeleton-faced backup singers in tow. It was as powerful as you’d expect, the rowdiest rap duo in the land turning down to detail some ugly experiences with corrupt police. “Early”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 1, 2014 - 8:54 am

Album Of The Week: Run The Jewels RTJ2

I don’t know how this is even possible, but Run The Jewels are getting better. They were already a mean motherfucking machine last year, when Killer Mike and El-P got together for their self-titled RTJ debut. These two guys, with vastly different backgrounds but similar mentalities and complementary visions, had somehow found each other. They’d… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 5:09 pm

Run The Jewels Announce Global Graffiti Project, Rough Trade NYC In-Store

Run The Jewels is nothing if not an example of how old-school foundational hip-hop can adapt for the future without compromising its essence. So it makes sense that in addition to the duo’s MC-and-DJ-based musical onslaught, they’ve commissioned a worldwide graffiti project called Tag The Jewels. More than 30 artists across six continents were invited… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 27, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Run The Jewels – “Blockbuster Night Pt. 2″ (Feat. Despot & Wiki)

As mentioned in our Run The Jewels cover story, a sequel to the thunderous “Blockbuster Night Part 1” exists. It’s officially an iTunes bonus track, but it’s out there now. And like everything else these guys have graced us with, it hits hard. Despot and RatKing member Wiki contribute guest verses. Hear “Blockbuster Night Part… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 26, 2014 - 10:29 pm

The Psyche Of Jaime & Mikey: Inside Run The Jewels 2

Killer Mike and El-P are crushing, as Killer Mike and El-P are wont to do.

On a brisk, sunny Friday afternoon in San Francisco, the hip-hop duo known as Run The Jewels is on a giant stage in front of several thousand festival-goers at Golden Gate Park. Having entered to the triumphant strai… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 24, 2014 - 9:07 am

Download Run The Jewels RTJ2

RTJ2, the second album from the Killer Mike/El-P rap juggernaut Run The Jewels, was not supposed to come out until Monday. But El suddenly dropped the free-download album, a legitimate contender for Album Of The Year, two hours ago, in the middle of the fucking effing night. (Maybe he wanted to make sure you’d get… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 3:27 am

Watch El-P Audition Cats For Meow The Jewels

Meow The Jewels started as a goof, and now it’s gonna be an album. It’s still a goof, obviously — you can’t watch this trailer and expect otherwise. Same goes for the new video of El-P “auditioning” cats at Brooklyn’s BARC Animal Shelter: “No? Nothing? Do you like rap?” El asks one cat who seem… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 21, 2014 - 12:19 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

There were a ton of great songs released this week, but let’s take that fact out of the equation for a second. This might be the most eclectic group of tracks we’ve featured in 5 Best Songs; the only thing they have in common is that they’re all great. We’ve got searing punk rock rubbing… More »

By: Stereogum / October 17, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Watch Run The Jewels’ Ridiculous Trailer For Meow The Jewels

Yesterday, we learned the beyond-exciting news that Meow The Jewels is really happening. An enterprising fan took Run The Jewels’ El-P and Killer Mike up on their offer to remake their RTJ2 album with nothing but cat noises, and the Kickstarter campaign made its fundraising goal. A host of impressive talents has signed up to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Meow The Jewels Is Happening

It started with a joke. El-P offered to remake Run The Jewels’ forthcoming album RTJ2 using nothing but cat noises if someone bought a $40,000 deluxe edition. But then someone started a Kickstarter campaign, and it started to look like it might happen. El-P got really excited about the idea, pledging to give all the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” (Feat. Zack De La Rocha)

Run The Jewels’ second free album RTJ2 looms imminent, and the first two tracks they shared, “Blockbuster Night Part 1” and “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” have been fucking our shit up hard. The same can be said of the brand-new, awesomely titled “Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck,” a hammering, buzzing new track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 13, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Run The Jewels’ Meow The Jewels Campaign Enlists Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, Baauer, & Boots

One of Run The Jewels’ many joke deluxe editions for their upcoming sophomore album is Meow The Jewels, a recreation of the new record using nothing but cat sounds. The asking price for that edition is $40,000 and last month, someone began a Kickstarter to try and raise the money. (All the money raised will… More »

By: James Rettig / October 8, 2014 - 9:49 pm