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.”
Jamal Knox is currently embroiled in Jamal Knox v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a Supreme Court case revolving around “terroristic threats” in his rap lyrics, according to the New York Times. In 2014, when the rapper was 19, he was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison. Prosecutors alleged his lyrics were specifically … More »
Killer Mike stays busy. Mike was an Atlanta rap legend long before he joined up with El-P, formed Run The Jewels, and found a surprising level of middle-aged rap stardom. And when Run The Jewels aren’t busy, Mike is still finding ways to get out into the world. Recently, Mike’s Netflix series Trigger … More »
Killer Mike — Atlanta rap eminence, Run The Jewels ringer, and occasional haver of terrible opinions — has a new Netflix show called Trigger Warning. The idea of this show, as Mike himself says, is to showcase “the most absurd thoughts and arguments I’ve had in my life, and to see if they’re … More »
In recent years, Killer Mike has emerged as a major voice on social and political issues, occasionally delivering controversial opinions as a talking head on shows like AM Joy, The Real, Real Time With Bill Maher, and The Tavis Smiley Show. And now, he’s getting … 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 »
In anticipation of his forthcoming solo album, The Atlas Underground, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, has aligned himself with hip-hop associates Big Boi and Killer Mike, as well as ubiquitous bass producer, Bassnectar, for “Rabbit’s Revenge.” The track takes a staunch look at an incredibly volatile topic as of late, addressing police brutality in its messaging.
The track assumes an aggressive stance toward the issue, with fierce, thrashing guitar chords, and assertive lyrics to match, which allude to some of the most prominent and hotly-debated subjects of police brutality in the last decade: “Fight for my life like I’m mother****ing Mike Brown / cause I refuse to be the next ni**a shot down.” The official video for the track, released through Apple Music, commemorates more of the most pronounced subjects of recent police brutality cases, including Bernard Bailey and Neville Johnson Jr.
“Rabbit’s Revenge” and its crew of individually outspoken creators follow a towering list of artists throughout history who have used their platform and following to take stances on the ruling issues of the day, from The Beatles‘ “Revolution” to Beyonce‘s 2013 Super Bowl performance—the latter also a blast to the police force. “Rabbit’s Revenge” is not Morello’s first police force critique, either. In 1992, Rage Against The Machine released the hotly-contended “Killing In The Name” following the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King the previous year. The track was crafted in response to the officers’ subsequent and controversial acquittal of all charges.
Netflix premiered the first season of Rapture, an eight-part documentary series following the lives of notable rappers and producers like Nas, T.I., 2 Chainz, Logic, Just Blaze, Rapsody, G-Eazy, Dave East, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, back in March. And today, Def Jam and Mass Appeal Records have teamed up with Netflix to release … More »