The fourth Run the Jewels full-length, RTJ4, is the hardcore rap duo’s first since Donald Trump’s inauguration. Not at all by coincidence, it’s also the most sociopolitically outspoken album they’ve released to date. On their third, released at the end of 2016, rapper-activist Killer Mike and rapper-producer El-P let poignant, sober lyrics about war, religion, […]
For its 15th year, the famously eclectic fest has booked headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels, and the National.
Chicago rap duo Mother Nature have already carried their message of self-reliance and self-realization into schools and overseas—and they’re raising their own bar with the EP Pressure.
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Run the Jewels closed out Riot Fest 2018. We have the live photos and a review by Jamie Ludwig of Sunday sets from Blondie and The Avengers. Photos by Danny O’Donnell Riot Fest 2018 Sunday
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Yesterday we learned that Weezer, Run the Jewels, and Taking Back Sunday were replacing Blink-182 at Riot Fest. Today organizers added seven more bands, and single-day tickets went on sale.
The local rap hero is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise anemic Lollapalooza lineup that also includes Lorde, Migos, the XX, Run the Jewels, and, um, Liam Gallagher.
Killer Mike and El-P up the ante on their self-released third album as Run the Jewels, tapping into floor-rumbling old-school Miami bass fundamentals—albeit a strain that pushes the tradition into the present—and laying out classic, rhythmically agile, hectoring flows. Both MCs convey steamroller energy, infusing every track with a ferocity that draws juice from our […]
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In an interview with Chicago producer A-Villa, Killer Mike recalls: “When I got there in the studio with El, I felt like Snoop the day he found Dre.”
The festival ends with triumphant set from the hometown hero, featuring a surprise R. Kelly cameo and an ocean of mud.
Tree’s soul-trap sermon, Killer Mike’s contagious smile, Lil B’s netherworldly bass, R. Kelly’s inflatable white doves, and more beats than you can shake a stick at