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Last year I did a round-up of some of my favourite insults from jewel runner and indie rap pioneer, El-P. Not content with ending it there, I have now tackled the larger and perhaps more rewarding task of selecting my favourite guest verses that he’s blessed us with over the last two decades or so. Before I started actually writing this, I had a pretty good idea in my head of how this Top 5 would end up looking, but it’s not until you start researching this sort of thing that you realise just how many tracks El-P has guested on across his career. So here we go with MY five favourite guest verses from the man himself (capitals on the ‘MY’, don’t @ me!). Read the rest of this entry »

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A new Run The Jewels track emerged yesterday in the form of Let’s Go (The Royal We), which is part of the soundtrack for the new Venom film that recently arrived in cinemas. The track itself is a welcome return from the duo, as we patiently await the release of RTJ4. Alongside this one-off, El-P also recently completed work on the score for the forthcoming Fonzo movie, which is due for release next year.

Five years ago today this album was brought to life. I don’t think anyone at the time realised how big Run the Jewels would become in the years that followed, least of all El-P and Killer Mike themselves. The album was made for fun, according to El but it lead to them becoming one of the most popular hip hop acts in the world, with countless worldwide tours, a legion of die hard fans and even their own computer game characters. It also bred two more albums and hopefully a few more that are still to come. Read the rest of this entry »

A little while back, El-P disclosed the fact that he had been in the running to score Blade Runner 2049. In the end Hans Zimmer was chosen, but I think every one of El-P’s fans and followers knew that he would have been able to come up with something pretty goddamn special, given his love for that whole genre and the sound he’s been developing since the 90s. Read the rest of this entry »

Run The Jewels and Rick & Morty collaborations are nothing new, thanks to a few clothing releases from Daylight Curfew over the past couple of years. But things moved up a notch on Friday when Adult Swim released a new video for RTJ’s Oh Mama, featuring the animated stars on a typically bloody mission to retrieve an unseen – but very shiny – item, a la Vincent and Jules in Pulp Fiction. In an ideal world the next step from here would be if Killer Mike and El-P actually got a cameo in a proper episode, but we’ll have to see about that. For now, make the most of this little beauty.

Musical mastermind, BOOTS, is back with a new EP entitled #DARKDAZE and among the four gems is Delete Delete. Featuring friends and regular collaborators, Run The Jewels, as well as some beautiful vocals from Cristin Milioti, Delete Delete leaves its presence lingering long after the music draws to a close. The EP is available to buy now from all the usual spots.

A brand new Run The Jewels video appeared on my timeline last night, with no need for any fanfare because unlike 90% of trash rap videos that are doing the rounds, MIke & El have a long rich history of delivering entertaining visuals (see Legend Has It, Close Your Eyes…, Don’t Get Captured etc etc).
For Call Ticketron, the duo have created an apocalyptic, B-movie extravaganza, complete with panicked newsreaders and giant spiders. It is coming up to a year since the third RTJ instalment landed in our laps, but a tweet from El-P earlier in the week signalled that RTJ4 was en route, so stay tuned for more on that. Read the rest of this entry »

New track from Statik Selektah, taken from his forthcoming album, 8. The New York-based producer has enlisted the plentiful skills of mic murderers, El-P & Killer Mike, on Put Jewels On It and as usual the two MCs seem to push each other to bring their best to the beat. The album is due for release on 8 Decmber and if you pre-order now, you get Put Jewels On It right away.

El-P mentioned on Twitter a few weeks ago that there was an RTJ remix on the way, featuring a British MC. I’ve been speculating ever since and the general consensus between me and everyone who put their twopence in was that it would be a grime MC, a) cos we know El is a big fan of the genre and b) cos if it was anyone from UK hip hop, its likely something would have come on to my radar already. Read the rest of this entry »

Run The Jewels continue to up the ante with each new video they release and this latest one is raising the bar even higher. The visual for Don’t Get Captured sees an animated Mike and El manoeuvring their way through a particularly twisted take on a haunted house funfair ride, complete with the horrors of gentrification and police harassment. It’s also entirely populated by skeletons. Great production from Jacknife Films.