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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 »

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 »

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 strains… More »

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Stereogum’s 14 Favorite Sets At Outside Lands 2014

Nearly 200 years ago, back when the shoreline dunes of San Francisco were considered uninhabitable, they came to be known as the Outside Lands —…
Chris DeVille | August 12, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Run The Jewels – “Blockbuster Night Part 1″ (Snippet)

One of the best rap albums of last year was Run The Jewels, the eponymous ripshit debut from the all-star duo of Killer Mike and…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2014 - 11:48 am

Warpaint – “Keep It Healthy (El-P Remix)”

Well, here's an inspired pairing: a discordant New York underground-rap pioneer remixing a group of swirling, atmospheric L.A. alt-pop harmonizers. In his remix of Warpaint's…
Tom Breihan | May 9, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Run The Jewels Working With Zack De La Rocha, Travis Barker On LP2

One of the magical things about Run The Jewels, the free-online album that El-P and Killer Mike made together last year, was how sui generis…
Tom Breihan | April 22, 2014 - 11:57 am

Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels” Video

Rap duo and all-around-BFFs Run The Jewels hit harder than anybody in terms of pure rap aggression last year, and now they show that off…
Miles Bowe | March 4, 2014 - 2:42 pm

El-P Albums From Worst To Best

I saw El-P perform live for the first time in 2013. The stage, situated under the I-65 overpass at Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle festival, sat a…
Joseph Schafer | January 29, 2014 - 11:31 am

Killer Mike – “Ghetto Gospel” Video

Before Killer Mike and El-P teamed up as the fearsome rap duo Run The Jewels last year, El produced all of Mike's great 2012 album…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2014 - 10:38 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was probably the slowest week of the year in terms of people putting out music videos, what with Christmas arriving dead in the middle…
Tom Breihan | December 27, 2013 - 10:17 am

Run The Jewels – “Pew Pew Pew” (Feat. Q-Bert)

Run The Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, released their bafflingly great self-titled debut as a free download, but the thing was damn…
Tom Breihan | December 26, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Run The Jewels – “A Christmas Fucking Miracle” Video

Run The Jewels have shared an official video for "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" featuring the duo posing for Christmas cards, reenacting A Christmas Carol (with…
Scott Lapatine | December 21, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Run The Jewels – “Sea Legs (Dave Sitek Remix)”

Run The Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, released their ridiculously great self-titled album earlier this year as a free download, but if…
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Watch Killer Mike & El-P Respond To YouTube Comments

YouTube comments are a murky water to wade through, but Killer Mike & El-P have decided to address some of the ones people left on…
Miles Bowe | December 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

How Not To Interview Run The Jewels

Both individually and together, El-P and Killer Mike are two of rap’s best interviews. They’re funny, they’re gregarious, and they have a lot of shit…
Tom Breihan | December 2, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Run The Jewels – “Banana Clipper” (Feat. Big Boi) Video

El-P and Killer Mike are both monstrous rappers. So when the two joined forces on their violent-rap-friends opus Run The Jewels earlier this year, they…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2013 - 10:54 am

Watch Run The Jewels Perform At NYC’s Log Cabin Studio For Myspace

We have exalted El-P and Killer Mike's project Run The Jewels' live show on this site before, but this live series the duo are doing…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Watch El-P Play Mass Appeal’s Rhythm Roulette

The recently relaunched rap-and-stuff magazine Mass Appeal has a pretty great idea for a recurring web-video series: Rhythm Roulette, in which rap producers will blunder…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2013 - 10:45 am

Photos: Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), Despot, Kool A.D. @ Hawthorne Theatre, Portland 7/28/13

Last night, El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels tour stopped off at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre. Queens rapper Despot and former Das Racist member Kool…
Stereogum | July 29, 2013 - 12:46 pm

The 10 Best Things At Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

This past weekend, Chicago's Union Park played host to Pitchfork Music Festival. The two-and-a-half-day event was packed tight with performances from the indiesphere's current marquee…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Hey look, new graphic! Now this column can look something like the Best Songs Of The Week column, and now I can keep just the…
Tom Breihan | July 19, 2013 - 10:34 am

Run The Jewels – “36” Chain” Video

El-P and Killer Mike have a proud history of making cartoonishly violent music videos, both alone and together, and the first video for their Run
Tom Breihan | July 16, 2013 - 1:49 pm