I wrote the last one of these columns almost a month ago, so this is really the five best videos of the last three weeks. Don’t worry, though. Not that many videos came out during the holiday, and most of the ones that did come out weren’t that good. Some of them were, though, including … More »
In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … 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.
Last year, Run The Jewels showed up on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to do “The Halloween Wiggle,” ruining Colbert’s family friendly Halloween song with their sexually suggestive lyrics. Last night, they showed up again, and this time, they ruined Colbert’s family friendly Christmas song with politically charged lyrics. Oh, and they kidnapped … More »
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 »
Run The Jewels are launching something this Friday, 12/15 at 12:15PM EST. That much is clear based on the countdown clock the rap duo has launched at 1215.runthejewels.com, as well as the text message you get after calling the site’s “emergency tip line.” By the way, yes, there is also an emergency tip line. You … More »
Big K.R.I.T. has always sounded like a throwback, but when we first met him, you could sound like a throwback and also sound like the future. Seven years ago, I interviewed an ascendent K.R.I.T., just after he released his breakout K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape and just before he announced that he’d signed with … More »
Famous rap group Run The Jewels has teamed up with Boston producer Statik Selektah for a fresh new track, “Put Jewels On It.” The new release is set to be featured on Statik Selektah’s new album 8, which is slated to drop Dec. 8.
“Put Jewels On It” harkens back to the golden age of hip-hop with unmistakable jazz elements and classic scratching creating a menacing undercurrent to the entire track. EL-P and Killer Mike attack this latest collaboration with the razor-sharp lyrical acumen and double-edged bravado that has elevated the duo to superstardom.
Producer Statik Selektah is putting out a new album next month, and today he’s shared a single called “Put Jewels On It” that features none other than El-P and Killer Mike of Run The Jewels. The rest of Statik Selektah’s album, 8, also features some big-name guests, including 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Joey Bada$$, Raekwon, … More »
I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »