In recent years, skronk-rap mastermind El-P has been plenty busy with Run The Jewels. And by now, his late-’90s work with his Company Flow crew are an established part of the indie-rap canon. But for a long time, we haven’t been able to hear El-P’s ’00s work unless we dug out our dusty old CDs. More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
Rap supergroup Run the Jewels announced in their latest newsletter that they have tapped industry icon Rick Rubin for assistance on their forthcoming LP Run the Jewels 4. The duo, comprised of Brooklyn rapper and producer El-P and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, revealed via their digital announce that they recently stopped by Rubin’s Los Angeles studio in efforts to “keep shit moving,” in reference to the impending project.
“We’ve been going hard on RTJ4 and have a genuine excitement to share new music with you all. We stand behind our statement that this record is going to punch you in the fucking face and burn everything in its path,” the duo announced in allusion to the album. “We thank you for your continued patience as we put together what we believe will be our best record yet.”
Since releasing their first volume of their widely acclaimed self-titled LP Run the Jewels, El-P and Killer Mike have been relentless in their follow-up albums —RTJ2 in 2014 and RTJ3 in 2016 and proved to be one of the most explosive hip-hop acts of the better part of the decade. Now, anticipation for RTJ4 is at an all-time high. El-P tweeted in a since-deleted post that the album would most likely drop in summer of 2019, writing “i’m sorry if that schedule disappoints anyone but we need the time to make sure the music doesn’t.”
Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is a fantastic movie, but it doesn’t exactly seem like the type of film that would lend itself to the celebrity soundtrack treatment. But that’s exactly what Music Inspired By The Film Roma is: a collection of notables contributing songs that they say were inspired by the movie. I’m sure some of … More »
A-Trak’s second annual Goldie Awards hit Brooklyn Steel on November 8, pinning turntablists and producers from around the world in a Beat Battle and DJ Battle competition in front of a live audience. The Fool’s Gold creator built the tournament to seek raw talent and originality on the dance floor.
A-Trak recently released the recap video, which showcases clips from the Beat Battle and DJ Battle with some judge considerations. Buck Rodgers was the unanimous champion on the beat side, while Yuto battled it out with Brandan Duke the DJ for the DJ Battle victory.
Run The Jewels rapper and producer El-P is calling out Spotify for what he alleges to be a lack of protection against fraud on the platform. The musician recently took to Twitter to respond to a fan who noticed that music from another artist had been included on the El-P artist page. “No matter how … More »
There’s a new Run The Jewels song, “Let’s Go (The Royal We),” featured in the post-credits stinger of the new Tom Hardy-starring superhero movie Venom. But that new song is actually based on a piece of music that El-P wrote for another big movie, as the rapper and producer revealed during an interview … More »
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.