Run the Jewels Concert Review

I still remember copping the Outkast Greatest Hits in high school and going straight to “The Whole World” and losing my mind. Dre and Big Boi murked their verses until Killer Mike came on and did to them what Freeway did to Jay and Beans on “1-900 Hustler.” “Playa, I grind/My focus is crime/Raw with the rhyme/Slick with the slime” is all it took for me to ride with Killer Mike through whatever (except that “A.D.I.D.A.S.”). I can even remember his jaw-dropping performance at Smoking Grooves in ‘02 when Outkast started “The Whole World” and no one knew if Killer […]

I still remember copping the Outkast Greatest Hits in high school and going straight to “The Whole World” and losing my mind. Dre and Big Boi murked their verses until Killer Mike came on and did to them what Freeway did to Jay and Beans on “1-900 Hustler.” “Playa, I grind/My focus is crime/Raw with the rhyme/Slick with the slime” is all it took for me to ride with Killer Mike through whatever (except that “A.D.I.D.A.S.”). I can even remember his jaw-dropping performance at Smoking Grooves in ‘02 when Outkast started “The Whole World” and no one knew if Killer Mike had got on the bus or they were just going to skip through his verse and just when it looked like they’d left him in the ATL, he comes barrelling out from backstage with the mic in hand, tearing through his verse with a sense of urgency like his life depended on it.

And shit, I’m from the ‘burbs. Of course I came up on Co Flow and Funcrusher Plus. I can’t even get started on Can Ox and Cold Vein. Def Jux will forever have a special place in my heart.

I love hip-hop. Always have. Not many writers out there have a decade-plus in the game and in that decade I’ve been to a lot of shows. Some really great ones, and some that I’m still trying to block from memory like those girls with that cup shit. And it’s not always the artists that are the problem. Sometimes they definitely are, but it’s usually the forgettable opening acts. Sometimes it’s the fans, like that one dude in front of me at an Immortal Technique show headnodding and pumping his fist to “Dance with the Devil.” Dude like that probably gets hype watching Titanic. But I also didn’t rush to get to the venue. Had some more important things going on, like my three year-old not being able to sleep. By the time I got to the spot, I’d missed the Despot performance, which was supposedly dope, but I caught RATKING, more limited by their acoustics than anything else.

Black dude walks on stage to help set up after Ratking. He’s stocky. Crowd thinks he’s Killer Mike. They cheer. Oops.

When the real Killer Mike came out, complete in oversized tee and a variety of two-steps he pulls off with smooth agility, the crowd went bonkers. For real this time. Add in El-P and his stunner shades and this odd couple natural chemistry was evident from the jump.

Whether they were running through their top hits like “Banana Clipper” or “36” Chain” or steamrolling fresh tracks off RTJ2 like “Close Your Eyes” and “All My Life,” the crowd had the same reaction – go fucking hard. No matter the song, no matter if they knew it was really Killer Mike and El-P or two soundmen with exceptional mic skills, the crowd did whatever these guys said, even making some kind of slow wavy-wave you’d expect to see at a new age festival. From there to the signature handgun and fist symbol of RTJ, the duo showed why they’re releasing some of the freshest rap music of the year.

El-Producto’s always been fresh on the beats, always finding a way to make sense of left-field highs and lows that somehow make sense, but perhaps he’s finally found the perfect contemporary audience for his work. Killer Mike can rap over cat sounds all day, but the low synths from El-P fit his aggressive flow like a glove. And El-P rapping over his own shit sounds just like it’s supposed to.

As far as their live show, whether it’s quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.

Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don’t expect “Deep Space 9mm” or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I’ve seen, it’s safe to say the jewels got run.

Run the Jewels Concert Review

I still remember copping the Outkast Greatest Hits in high school and going straight to “The Whole World” and losing my mind. Dre and Big Boi murked their verses until Killer Mike came on and did to them what Freeway did to Jay and Beans on “1-900 Hustler.” “Playa, I grind/My focus is crime/Raw with the rhyme/Slick with the slime” is all it took for me to ride with Killer Mike through whatever (except that “A.D.I.D.A.S.”). I can even remember his jaw-dropping performance at Smoking Grooves in ‘02 when Outkast started “The Whole World” and no one knew if Killer […]

I still remember copping the Outkast Greatest Hits in high school and going straight to “The Whole World” and losing my mind. Dre and Big Boi murked their verses until Killer Mike came on and did to them what Freeway did to Jay and Beans on “1-900 Hustler.” “Playa, I grind/My focus is crime/Raw with the rhyme/Slick with the slime” is all it took for me to ride with Killer Mike through whatever (except that “A.D.I.D.A.S.”). I can even remember his jaw-dropping performance at Smoking Grooves in ‘02 when Outkast started “The Whole World” and no one knew if Killer Mike had got on the bus or they were just going to skip through his verse and just when it looked like they’d left him in the ATL, he comes barrelling out from backstage with the mic in hand, tearing through his verse with a sense of urgency like his life depended on it.

And shit, I’m from the ‘burbs. Of course I came up on Co Flow and Funcrusher Plus. I can’t even get started on Can Ox and Cold Vein. Def Jux will forever have a special place in my heart.

I love hip-hop. Always have. Not many writers out there have a decade-plus in the game and in that decade I’ve been to a lot of shows. Some really great ones, and some that I’m still trying to block from memory like those girls with that cup shit. And it’s not always the artists that are the problem. Sometimes they definitely are, but it’s usually the forgettable opening acts. Sometimes it’s the fans, like that one dude in front of me at an Immortal Technique show headnodding and pumping his fist to “Dance with the Devil.” Dude like that probably gets hype watching Titanic. But I also didn’t rush to get to the venue. Had some more important things going on, like my three year-old not being able to sleep. By the time I got to the spot, I’d missed the Despot performance, which was supposedly dope, but I caught RATKING, more limited by their acoustics than anything else.

Black dude walks on stage to help set up after Ratking. He’s stocky. Crowd thinks he’s Killer Mike. They cheer. Oops.

When the real Killer Mike came out, complete in oversized tee and a variety of two-steps he pulls off with smooth agility, the crowd went bonkers. For real this time. Add in El-P and his stunner shades and this odd couple natural chemistry was evident from the jump.

Whether they were running through their top hits like “Banana Clipper” or “36” Chain” or steamrolling fresh tracks off RTJ2 like “Close Your Eyes” and “All My Life,” the crowd had the same reaction – go fucking hard. No matter the song, no matter if they knew it was really Killer Mike and El-P or two soundmen with exceptional mic skills, the crowd did whatever these guys said, even making some kind of slow wavy-wave you’d expect to see at a new age festival. From there to the signature handgun and fist symbol of RTJ, the duo showed why they’re releasing some of the freshest rap music of the year.

El-Producto’s always been fresh on the beats, always finding a way to make sense of left-field highs and lows that somehow make sense, but perhaps he’s finally found the perfect contemporary audience for his work. Killer Mike can rap over cat sounds all day, but the low synths from El-P fit his aggressive flow like a glove. And El-P rapping over his own shit sounds just like it’s supposed to.

As far as their live show, whether it’s quirky dance moves, getting the crowd to do silly shit, or damn-near inciting a riot, these guys put on a clinic as far as what a live hip-hop show is supposed to be. What helps that even more is how live their songs are, which are perfect for the live show, spinning classes, or both at the same damn time.

Despite both artists having a more-than-solid body of solo work to their name, they never stray from their RTJ material. Don’t expect “Deep Space 9mm” or anything off the I Pledge Allegiance series. El-P and Killer Mike came strictly to run the jewels and after an hour-plus of one of the best live shows I’ve seen, it’s safe to say the jewels got run.

Download El-P & Killer Mike’s ‘Run The Jewels 2′

On Thursday night—or technically Friday morning—El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album. Best of all, the download was free (and still is). CLICK HERE  TO DOWNLAOD

On Thursday night—or technically Friday morning—El-P and Killer Mike released Run the Jewels 2, the followup to their critically-acclaimed 2013 album. Best of all, the download was free (and still is). CLICK HERE  TO DOWNLAOD

[Mixtape] @DjCellBlock Presents @IndieHits 18

Indie Hits 18 contains 28 tracks featuring: The Game, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Currensy, Problem, King Pharaoh, TGT, T.I., Skylar Grey, Kokane, Sy Ari Da Kid, Migos, K Camp, Strap, Wale, Jeremih, Castro, Kid Ink, Usher, Tinashe, Nick Branden, Wiz Khalifa, Zam, Frenchie BSM, Meek Mill, […]

[Mixtape] DJ CellBlock presents Indie Hits 18

Indie Hits 18 contains 28 tracks featuring:
The Game, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Currensy, Problem, King Pharaoh, TGT, T.I., Skylar Grey, Kokane, Sy Ari Da Kid, Migos, K Camp, Strap, Wale, Jeremih, Castro, Kid Ink, Usher, Tinashe, Nick Branden, Wiz Khalifa, Zam, Frenchie BSM, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Josiah, Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar, Twon, Kevin Gates, Rick Ross, Stalley, Gunplay, Killer Mike, Ty Glascoe, Eve, Madonna, Yung Dre, Billy Cook, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Tha Mr, Future, Jae Sinatra, Jeezy, Kelly Rowland, A Major, Ne-Yo, Juicy J, Playground & Trill Young Lo.

Play List
01. The Game ft. Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Currensy
02. T.I. ft. Skylar Grey – New National Anthem
03. Kokane – Chicago
04. Sy Ari Da Kid ft. Migos, K Camp Strap – Place Your Order
05. Wale ft. Jeremih – The Body
06. Castro – All My Niggaz
07. Kid Ink ft. Usher & Tinashe – Body Language
08. Nick Branden – She Got It
09. Wiz Khalifa ft. Jeezy – On Me
10. Zam ft. Frenchie BSM – On The Watch
11. Meek Mill ft. Ty Dolla $ign – She Don’t Know
12. Josiah – Die For You
13. Jeezy ft. Kendrick Lamar – Holy Ghost REMIX
14. Twon ft. Kevin Gates – No Finessin
15. Rick Ross ft. Stalley, Gunplay & Killer Mike – Black & White REMIX
16. Ty Glascoe – Addicted
17. Eve ft. Madonna – The Beat Is So Crazy
18. Yung Dre ft. Billy Cook – Choose Me
19. Meek Mill ft. Mac Miller – I Like It
20. Tha Mr – No Manners
21. Future – Monster
22. Jae Sinatra – Makin a Killin
23. Jeezy ft. Kelly Rowland – Shady Life
24. A Major – Unreasonable ft. Lisa Hui
25. Ne-Yo ft. Juicy J – She Knows
26. Playground – Fairytale
27. Trill Yung Lo – Fuck With Me
28. SHAKE-A-VEL – Why You Mad (Bonus Track)

Listen To Mixtape Below

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Run the Jewels Announce Tour Dates

The now legendary pairing of El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, have announced several headlining shows in August, bolstering a set of previously confirmed festival appearances into a proper West Coast tour. In addition to their coveted appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Music Fest Northwest, the Denver stop of Mad Decent Block Party and FYF Fest, the duo have added headlining shows in Chicago, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. El-P and Killer Mike recently announced that they’ll be releasing a follow-up album to 2013′s universally acclaimed self-titled album on Fool’s Gold, with the first single set to […]

The now legendary pairing of El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, have announced several headlining shows in August, bolstering a set of previously confirmed festival appearances into a proper West Coast tour. In addition to their coveted appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Music Fest Northwest, the Denver stop of Mad Decent Block Party and FYF Fest, the duo have added headlining shows in Chicago, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.

El-P and Killer Mike recently announced that they’ll be releasing a follow-up album to 2013′s universally acclaimed self-titled album on Fool’s Gold, with the first single set to premiere on Adult Swim’s Single Series in early Fall.

RUN THE JEWELS TOUR DATES:

SAT 8/2 CHICAGO, IL Double Door
SUN 8/3 CHICAGO, IL Lollapalooza
FRI 8/8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Outside Lands
SAT 8/9 SEATTLE, WA Showbox
MON 8/11 VICTORIA, BC Upstairs Cabaret
TUE 8/12 VANCOUVER, BC Biltmore
WED 8/13 CALGARY, AB Republik
THU 8/14 EDMONTON, AB Starlite Room
SAT 8/16 PORTLAND, OR Music Fest Northwest
FRI 8/22 DENVER, CO Mad Decent Block Party
SAT 8/23 LOS ANGELES, CA FYF Fest

Run The Jewels ft. DJ Q-Bert – “Pew, Pew, Pew” (Audio)

Run The Jewels caps off a strong year by releasing a previously unreleased bonus cut from their self-titled LP.

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Run The Jewels releases this bonus cut to close out the year after dropping their stellar self-titled debut. The tandem of Killer Mike and El-P have proven to be favorites across the boards with their album placing high in critic’s “year-end” lists and most importantly, in the minds of fans across the world. They’re already prepping a few big things for 2014, so look at this as the beginning to another great year. Here’s “Pew, Pew, Pew” ft. DJ Q-Bert.

Run The Jewels – “A Christmas Fu*king Miracle” (Video)

Killer Mike and El-P wear Christmas gear and take school photos in the video for “A Christmas Fu*king Miracle.”

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The collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike of Run The Jewels put together a video for the holidays with the visual for “A Christmas Fu*king Miracle.” The lighthearted video is a on the contrary of the song’s subject matter as the Mike and El-P bare Christmas wear and mock a popular internet meme while performing their verses. This song is featured on their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut which is out now.

Run The Jewels Ft/ Big Boi – “Banana Clipper” (Video)

Killer Mike and El-P also known as Run The Jewels, drop their video today for “Banana Clipper” featuring Big Boi.

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Killer Mike and El-P also known as Run The Jewels, drop their video today for “Banana Clipper” featuring Big Boi. The video is shot in a parking lot near College Park, Georgia, where they are seen driving dope cars. The video is courtesy of ComplexTV.

Killer Mike Confirms New Run the Jewels Album for 2014

Fans of R.A.P. Music, it’s time to get excited as Run the Jewels (the duo of Killer Mike and El-P) are returning with a new album in early 2014. On November 1st, El-P took to Twitter and left the following message: RTJ2 2014. A pretty straight-forward inclination that the two are planning a follow-up to […]

Fans of R.A.P. Music, it’s time to get excited as Run the Jewels (the duo of Killer Mike and El-P) are returning with a new album in early 2014. On November 1st, El-P took to Twitter and left the following message: RTJ2 2014. A pretty straight-forward inclination that the two are planning a follow-up to […]

Run The Jewels (El-P x Killer Mike) – Get It (Video)

As part of Myspace’s new program, Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like, Killer Mike and El-Producto hit us with a new video off their self-titled LP. Run The Jewels new music video is a hard-hitting combination of live performance footage and hilarity as Killer Mike and El-P share the screen with friends and crew […]

As part of Myspace’s new program, Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like, Killer Mike and El-Producto hit us with a new video off their self-titled LP. Run The Jewels new music video is a hard-hitting combination of live performance footage and hilarity as Killer Mike and El-P share the screen with friends and crew […]

Run The Jewels (El-P x Killer Mike) Talk Conspiracy Theories On The Combat Jack Show (Video)

Please enable Javascript to watch this video Sitting down with Jack, Dallas and company, El-Producto and Mike Bigga talk drones, teaching through and outside of their musical endeavors, and much more. PREVIOUS: Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) – 36″ Chain (Video)

Please enable Javascript to watch this video Sitting down with Jack, Dallas and company, El-Producto and Mike Bigga talk drones, teaching through and outside of their musical endeavors, and much more. PREVIOUS: Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) – 36″ Chain (Video)