Ten or 15 years ago, if someone would’ve told me that there would’ve been a Bun B solo album with an El-P guest verse, I might’ve had a heart attack. But that’s where we are. Different strains of underground rap converge all the time. And Bun B, the Texan rap originator, plays host to Run … More »
After the day Kanye West just had, Killer Mike’s NRA video doesn’t seem so bad! It’s been an eventful few weeks for Run The Jewels, the duo of Mike and El-P. They wrapped up their opening stint on Lorde’s arena tour, they dealt with the fallout of that NRA video, and they announced that … More »
El-P FINALLY has a film to score.
The dystopian beat-making, jewels running, action film proselytizing rapper has been pretty obviously jonesing to add film scoring to his lengthy list of extracurriculars for a while now. He previously made some music for a Blade Runner 2049 trailer and appeared on the Baby Driver soundtrack as part of Run the Jewels, along with Big Boi on the Danger Mouse production “Chase Me.” Run the Jewels’ “Legend Has It” was also used in one of the trailers for Black Panther, but the Run the Jewels 3 cut wasn’t written for that purpose.
Fonzo (which, for better or worse, is NOT a gritty, noirishly dark Happy Days spinoff film centering on a controversial interpretation of Arthur Fonzarelli) is a biopic of Al “Fonzo” Capone, notorious Prohibition-era gangster, the cast of which includes Tom Hardy as Al Capone, Linda Cardellini, Jack Lowden, Matt Dillon, and Kyle MacLachlan (Coop!). The film focuses on Capone’s development of syphilitic dementia during his prison sentence, using the gangster’s psychiatric ailment as the motor of a frame narrative in which Capone will hallucinate memories of his days as a ruthless Chicago bootlegger and crime boss. Cool! (And sorta fucked up!)
It’s being directed by Josh Trank, whose last film was 2015’s Fantastic Four, which I forgot existed till just this second. “Since I was fourteen years old, El-P’s music has been one of the most important creative influences in my life,” Trank said. “There’s literally no greater honor for me than to collaborate with him today and bear witness to this next stage of his artistic journey.”
There you have it, folks: Literally no greater honor. Shepherding underground hip-hop legend El-P into the world of film scoring is THE HIGHLIGHT OF JOSH TRANK’S CAREER THUS FAR.
For upwards of 20 years, El-P, the indie-rap innovator and one half of Run The Jewels, has been making clanking, sputtering, avant-garde rap beats that sounded like the score to some imaginary dystopic sci-fi movie. And now El-P is getting to score an actual movie, though not a dystopic sci-fi one. Instead, he’s doing the … More »
El-P, indie-rap production mastermind and one half of Run The Jewels, has lately been dropping a lot of hints on Twitter about a mysterious film-score project that he’s been working on. If you’ve been paying attention to El’s work since his discordant, mind-altering Company Flow or Def Jux days, you know that El’s always been … More »
This past weekend, Killer Mike appeared in an interview on the National Rifle Association’s online television channel, defending the idea of black gun ownership and saying that he wouldn’t let his kids participate in the school walkouts in favor of gun control. (He said, jokingly I think, that he told them, “If you walk … More »
Run The Jewels are currently touring North America’s finest hockey arenas alongside Lorde, which might explain why the duo of Killer Mike and El-P do not appear in their latest music video, for the RTJ3 track “Oh Mama.” Instead, they’ve lined up a suitable pair of replacements: Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith, stars of … More »
Every year, the people behind Record Store Day pick one famous artist to help them advance the cause of getting people into brick-and-mortar stores to drop a bunch of money on limited releases once a year. Last year, it was St. Vincent. And this year, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P are doing … More »
Having recently added a Grammy and three studio albums to their list of achievements, Run the Jewels are one of contemporary hip hop’s most acclaimed acts. In their newest video for “Call Ticketron,” directed by Brian and Brad Palmer, the duo — comprised of Killer Mike and El-P — journey through an post apocalyptic Madison Square Garden after discovering that their “sold out” headlining show is actually empty.
Viewers can call the emergency tip line from the video’s “newscast” at (646) 846-RTJ3, but the only auditory feedback that is received are some jumbled snippets from the clip.
For those who enjoy laser shooting tarantulas and doom laden lighting schemes, Run the Jewels are here to satisfy.
Run The Jewels teased their “Call Ticketron” video earlier this week with an elaborate website hinting at chaos in New York City. Now it’s here, and it’s indeed about a hostile alien invasion in Midtown Manhattan. Unfortunately for El-P, Killer Mike, and DJ Trackstar, it hits right when RTJ are about to encore at … More »