Killer Mike and El-P aka Run The Jewels are the latest artist to appear on NPR public radio’s Tiny Desk concerts. Over 12 minutes, they play RTJ3 tracks ‘Talk To Me’, ‘Legend Has It’ and ‘A Report To The Shareholders’.
Even in an office environment, Run The Jewels kill it.
Stay tuned to the end for Killer Mike’s speech about politics and society.
Killer Mile & El-P today announced some European tour dates that start on Wednesday March 29th in Limelight, Belfast before hitting the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday March 30th and onwards to Manchester, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Mayrhofen in Austria for Snowbombing.
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday from Ticketmaster. Price TBC.
Run the Jewels tour dates
Mar 29 2017 Belfast, United Kingdom @ Limelight
Mar 30 2017 Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
Mar 31 2017 Manchester, United Kingdom @ Albert Hall
Apr 01 2017 London, United Kingdom @ Roundhouse
Apr 03 2017 – Apr 08 2017 Mayrhofen, Austria @ Snowbombing
Apr 05 2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
Apr 06 2017 Brussels, Belgium @ AB Main Hall
Apr 07 2017 Paris, France @ Élysée Montmartre
El-P and Killer Mike’s partnership continues at full clip with the release of their third album. When they first joined together as producer and rapper on Killer Mike’s RAP Music album and the subsequent RTJ mixtape, the thrill and novelty of two very different rappers from two different sides of the U.S. was a big driving force.
“Bullying bastards and beating on beats” raps Killer Mike on ‘Legend Has It’, summing up their appeal in short on the third track on RTJ3. These old masters never quit but when they came together they had too much fun to stop. Their economy at running shit and everything else is unparalleled. There is no filler here. Full clip til the end. Even if RTJ3 is their longest album yet, it never feels like it.
RTJ3 is aware of a post-Trump word that their art occupies. They are still rallying behind hope even if there is a feeling of futility creeping in.
“You defeat the devil when you hold on to hope.”
“But we all know we’re afraid / so we just simply cry and march again.”
“Run the Jewels’ll make last breaths Brexit.”
“I don’t ever want to have to load a clip / only hunt bliss / I am still a kid in my heart but these motherfuckers sick”
“Poor folks love us / the rich hate our faces / talk too loud / won’t remain in our places.”
El-P productions come the closest he’s come to his dystopian Def Jux solo times (and Company Flow for that matter). Tracks are built on denser textures but still have that clarity of force. ‘Legend Has It’ is built on a wobbling industrial percussive low-end that few have mastered, ‘Call Ticketron’ is a 21st century take on ‘It Takes Two,’ ‘Stay Gold’ matches echo-chamber beats with lyrics about their respective partners, ‘Thursday In The Danger Room’ is an forgiving confrontation of a friend’s killer, ‘Panther Like A Panther’ adds some booty club EDM beats to their palette with aplomb and ‘Oh Mama’ has the album’s best bassline, not bad for a song about mothers.
Guests Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe, Boots, Trina and Kamasai Washington add contrast while Zach De La Rocha drops in at the last moment uncredited to rage alongside them.
“Not from the same part of town but we both hear the same sound coming and it sounds like war and it breaks our hearts.”
Now three long-players in, Run The Jewels as a foundation is as hard as cement. If RTJ2 was “two buddies, operating at their creative peak,” then RTJ3 is the sound of Run The Jewels digging in deeper, digging their heels and delivering an album with the same immediate resonance as the first two releases but with a wider palette and the same antagonistic spirit. More downtrodden but resolutely and thrillingly hostile.
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
DJ Shadow – Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
Run The Jewels – Twin Hype Back
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 4
DJ Shadow – UNKLE Main Theme
Run The Jewels – Job Well Done
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Part 2
DJ Shadow – In Flux
Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper
DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain of Salt
DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World
Run The Jewels – Get It
DJ Shadow – You Can’t Go Home Again
Run The Jewels – DDFH
DJ Shadow – Trench Battle Beat/Walkie Talkie
Run The Jewels – Christmas Fucking Miracle
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 3
DJ Shadow – Organ Donor
El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels will drop their third album RTJ3 on January 13th as a free release digitally and on streaming services.
The album features Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, BOOTS, Trina, and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.
A physical release follows on 20th January and a pre-order is here. Tracklisting below.
‘Legend Has It’ is the third song we’ve heard from the pair from the album. For the artwork, the RTJ symbol was cast in metal and chrome and gold-plated before being photographed by Tim Saccenti.
“For us, the RTJ1 hands were about ‘taking what’s yours’ – your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel.”
1. Down (feat. Joi Gilliam)
2. Talk To Me
3. Legend Has It
4. Call Ticketron
5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) (feat. Danny Brown)
6. Stay Gold
7. Don’t Get Captured
8. Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
9. 2100 (feat. BOOTS)
10. Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix) (feat. Trina)
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Oh Mama
13. Thursday in the Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)
14. Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters
Run The Jewels released a new song ‘2100’ featuring Boots in the aftermath of Trump’s victory to be President noting:
For our friends. For our family. For everyone who is hurting or scared right now. Here is a song we wrote months ago. We weren’t planning on releasing it yet but… well it feels right, now. It’s about fear and its about love and its about wanting more for all of us. It’s called 2100. We hope it finds you well.
Killer Mike was a very vocal Bernie Sanders supporter and last week, he urged people not to vote unless certain demands were met which he then clarified. In an interview yesterday Mike said: “I think poor people got angry, and I think there just happen to be, by this country, more poor angry white people.”
Hud Mo released more music from his Ded Sec – Watch Dogs 2 video game soundtrack: