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Just Announced: Run the Jewels and Mitski join Lorde’s April show at Wells Fargo

Lorde | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN // Run The Jewels | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN // Mitski | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Teenage strange-pop superstar Lorde is coming to Wells Fargo this April 2nd, which is some pretty flippin’ cool stuff on its own. But nope, someone must’ve said, we must make it even more wildly awesome. And then they casually added Run the Jewels and Mitski to the bill to completely rock the socks off of all the people. Continue reading →

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Wednesdays in the Danger Room: Run The Jewels at the Electric Factory

Run The Jewels | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | <a href=http://cameronpollack.com/ target="_blank">cameronpollack.com</a>
Run The Jewels | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollack.com

Run The Jewels inspires confidence. They exude it in their records, flaunt it in their interviews, and as they proved last night, on the first night of this tour, they embody it in their live shows too. Killer Mike and El-P, two middle aged rappers at the top of their game, walked out to thunderous applause from a crowd that sold the room out in five minutes, singing along to the chorus of “We Are The Champions.” Their smiles could trick you into thinking, just for a while, that the world isnʼt all that bad. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Run the Jewels at the Electric Factory, Cabbage at Kung Fu Necktie

Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2014 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com
Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2013 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Run the Jewels kick off two months of touring tonight at the Electric Factory, a show that comes just couple days before the highly anticipated release of RTJ3. Leading up to this week rappers / producers Killer Mike and El P shared album single “Talk To Me” as well as a comedic trailer clip that sees the duo visiting Portlandia for some promotional strategy brainstorming. Check out that video here and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Run The Jewels do what they do best on fiery, poignant “2100”

Run The Jewels | courtesy of the artist
Run The Jewels | courtesy of the artist

In light of recent political developments that will remain unnamed, Run the Jewels have shared the second track from their eagerly anticipated RTJ3. It’s called “2100” and features Boots, who previously collaborated with the emcees on RTJ2‘s “Early”. This is everything we’ve come to expect from these guys–epic, lyrically dense, and as party ready as it is thought-provoking. If there’s one thing we can all agree on right now, it’s that Killer Mike and El-P are really, really good at writing rap songs. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Run The Jewels will kick off its U.S. tour at the Electric Factory

Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2014 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | <a href="http://www.brightloud.com/" target="_blank">brightloud.com</a>
Run The Jewels perform at Union Transfer in 2014 | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

With their hotly anticipated RTJ3 on the horizon for a 2017 (?) release, hip-hop dynamic duo Run The Jewels — aka veteran wordsmiths Killer Mike and El P — just announced a North American tour that kicks off here in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory on Wednesday, January 11th. The two-month run also features The Gaslamp Killa, Spark Master Tape and Cuz, and wraps all across the U.S., concluding with a Terminal 5 show on February 25th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 4th, at 10 a.m., more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; full dates can be found in the poster below.

The band is a combination of brutally clever lyrical craft, hard-hitting beats, socially conscious activism and a sense of humor — last year’s whole Meow the Jewels project, which is all sorts of awesome. Run the Jewels teased the new record in the recent single “Talk To Me”; they also appeared in “Nobody Speak” from DJ Shadow’s latest record The Mountain Will Fall. Check both out below, particularly the brilliant, Sam Pilling-directed video for “Nobody Speak,” which pretty well gets me in the election season feels.  Continue reading →

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Run The Jewels: Hip Hop’s new lyrical bullies

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Run the Jewels | photo courtesy of the artist

Last week Run The Jewels dropped their new album Run The Jewels 2, and in just six days the album has already received positive reviews from critics such as Pitchfork Media, The New York Times, Clash Music, Stereogum and more. After listening to the album, which you can checkout below, it’s not hard to see why this hip hop duo has gotten such good feedback. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Run the Jewels at The TLA, TJ Kong Murdershow at Underground Arts, Dum Dum Girls at Union Transfer

Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels | photo via www.facebook.com/therealrunthejewels

Hip Hop superduo Run the Jewels will be at The TLA tonight.  The partnership between Brooklyn’s El-P and Atlanta’s Killer Mike resulted in a self-titled record in 2013, which XPN’s Bruce Warren touted as “the year’s best hip hop collaboration.”  Just last week they leaked RTJ2, giving it out to fans for free on their Facebook page.  Get the album here and listen to “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” below.  Tickets and information can be found here.

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Hard-hitting duo Run the Jewels will hit the TLA on Halloween

Run the Jewels | Photo by Durty Harry
Photo by Durty Harry

If you’re a hip-hop fan looking for hard-hitting beats and hardcore lyrics, then Halloween will be your lucky day. Critically acclaimed hip hop duo Run The Jewels performs at the Theater of Living Arts on South Street in support of their new album RTJ2. The duo consist of rappers Killer Mike and El-P and their collaboration has been praised by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and many more. Continue reading →

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Photos: El-P and Killer Mike run the jewels at Union Transfer

Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com/
Photo by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

All photos by Matthew Shaver | www.mattshaverphoto.com

Brooklyn based rapper and hip-hop producer El-P teamed up with Georgia MC Killer Mike for their collaborative Run the Jewels album and tour, which stopped at Union Transfer on Monday night. Check out scenes from the show in the photo gallery below.

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Why Killer Mike and El-P’s Run The Jewels is the year’s best hip-hop collaboration (playing Union Transfer on 8/12)

Run The Jewels: Killer Mike (left) and El-P (right)
Run The Jewels: Killer Mike (left) and El-P (right)

Run The Jewels is the year’s best hip-hop collaboration between two artists who, on their own, have made excellent contributions to the genre. Brooklyn rapper and producer El-P has been a leading force in the alternative hip-hop world, and founded the Definitive Jux record label. He’s released a number of important records including 2002’s Fantastic Damage and 2007’s I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike, as associate of Outkast, debuted in 2003 with the excellent Monster and released one of 2012’s best hip-hop albums, R.A.P. Music, which was produced by El-P.

The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P has continued with their new project, Run The Jewels which was released as a free download by Fool’s Gold Records in June (download it below). The ten song collection features contributions from Prince Paul and Big Boi but throughout the album Mike and El-P rule the rap roost with it’s breathless, intense and fiery rap flows, non-stop hard grooves, and an array of sonic creativity. Run The Jewels is “all killer, no filler.” There’s no skits, no instrumental interludes, just excellent songs like “Sea Legs,” “DDFH,” “No Come Down,” and “Get It,” one of the year’s best hip-hop songs. Killer Mike and El-P perform at Union Transfer on Monday, August 12. Go here for tickets and more information. Despot and Kool A.D. (formerly Das Racsist) open.