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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.