Entries tagged with: Killer Mike
by Andrew Sacher
Royce da 5'9", who maybe you recently heard with a bunch of other Detroit rappers on Eminem's "Detroit vs Everybody," teamed up with legendary producer DJ Premier for a collaborative project called PRhyme and the duo released their self-titled album this week. Royce and Premo are on their A games, and impressive guests including Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q, Common, Jay Electronica and Ab Soul join them for this tightly packed 9-track album. The production is terrifically dark, and Royce's rhymes are aggressive from start to finish. Whine rap this is not. Listen to the whole album over at NPR and check out two videos from it below.
PRhyme is supporting the album on a tour in 2015 that hits NYC on February 22 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon today (12/10).
All dates are listed, with those videos, below...
Killer Mike w/ Run the Jewels @ Stage 48 11/30/2014 (photo via @charlesforde)
Beginning today, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing Elonis v. U.S., a case regarding Anthony Elonis, a Pennslvania man convicted of making threatening statements about his estranged wife and law enforcement officials on social media. Elonis claims his writings were "theraputic" and helped him deal with his broken marriage. This case could have large ramifications on free speech and what is acceptable to post online. Elonis' defense argues that his writings are not any different than rap lyrics, and Eminem was cited as an example. In an op-ed piece today in USA Today co-authored with attorney Erik Neilson, Killer Mike is concerned about "the role of art and free speech in the justice system, as well as the commonly-held view that hip-hop culture is a threat to society." Here's a bit of it:
It is true that hip-hop has been scarred by violence. Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., for example, two of rap's most important and influential artists, were killed in the prime of their careers. But for each instance of violence, there are countless examples of lives saved or made stronger. Trust us on this: The kids spending hours per day writing rap songs aren't a threat to society; they are often trying to escape the threats from society.Read the whole thing at USA Today. You may remember Killer Mike gave an impassioned speech last week at a St. Louis Run the Jewels show on the the night of the Ferguson decision.
That story of hip-hop has been frustratingly difficult to tell, especially when the murder of Jordan Davis can be framed in the media as the "loud rap music" case or Michael Brown's association with rap music becomes part of a tragic story line that has far more to do with inequality, police brutality and racial discrimination. These problems are the "true threats" facing America today, not hip-hop. Let's hope the justices on the Supreme Court understand that, too.
Run the Jewels were in NYC this weekend for two shows at Stage 48.
Run the Jewels at FFF Fest (via BV Austin Instagram)
At Fun Fun Fun Fest on Friday (11/7), Run The Jewels were playing the Blue Stage simultaneous to Sun Kil Moon on the Black Stage, and during RTJ's set El-P took a minute to tell a story about how he loves Sun Kil Moon's song "The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" ("I'm a rapper, we say shit like that") and that he introduced himself to Mark Kozelek before the show saying, "Hey, I'm a fan. We're the guys that are gonna be interrupting your set today with how loud our fucking crowd is." Then El continues, "And he said, 'what's your name' and I said 'Run the Jewels,' and I swear to god he said 'suck my dick Run the Jewels.' And I said "suck my dick Sun Kil Moon!'"
He then proceeded to ("with all due respect") get the crowd to chant "SUCK MY DICK SUN KIL MOON." Check out a video of that going down, below.
We didn't catch Sun Kil Moon's set, but according to The Austin Chronicle he said, "What's the name of that fucking band playing? Just kidding, whatever you're called, I love you guys."
Jaime and Mikey at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P) released their new album RTJ2 to much acclaim and celebrated with a couple events in NYC on Wednesday (10/29). As discussed, their tour will have them appearing in NYC again for a show on November 29 at Stage 48. That show is now sold out but they've added a second date happening November 30 at Stage 48. The other NYC show (and most of the tour) is with Ratking and Despot but no openers announced for this one yet. Tickets for the new date are on sale now and we're also giving away tickets to the sold out one.
RTJ's tour begins in Philly tonight (10/31) and their 'Letterman' performance with Boots airs tonight too so stay tuned for that. If you haven't heard RTJ2 yet, you can download it HERE. Stream a bonus track, with the updated list of dates, below...
RTJ at Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Run the Jewels, aka El-P and Killer Mike, gave away downloads of their new album for free last week. Now it's officially released physically and as a deluxe version on iTunes which includes the bonus track "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2" which features Despot and Wiki of Ratking. You can stream that below.
RTJ are celebrating the new release on Wednesday (10/29) at Rough Trade with a big event that begins at 6:30 PM and includes "an album play-through, a meet and greet, poster giveaways, and more." The first 20 people to get in will also gain entry to a private event happening afterwards that includes "a brief Q&A session with the group and Mass Appeal's Sacha Jenkins," followed by a screening of NYC classic The Warriors at nearby Nitehawk Cinema. Another way to get into that screening/Q&A is by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets. Details below.
They'll also be performing "Early" on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' this week with Boots, who also appears on the album version of the track. That airs on Halloween.
After FFF, they play NYC on November 29 at Stage 48 with Ratking and Despot. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details below.
Killer Mike and El-P's new Run the Jewels album RTJ2 comes out next week (10/28) via Mass Appeal, but apparently it leaked ahead of time. El-P and Killer Mike found about it, but instead of being bad sports, they each tweeted links to a free download of the album themselves. You can grab it HERE.
The duo are also working with Zola Jesus, Just Blaze, Baauer, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the Alchemist, Boots, Dan the Automator and more to make a cat-themed remix album called Meow the Jewels. If you're a cat, you can audition to be part of it.
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Killer Mike and El-P's collaborative project Run the Jewels is releasing a new album, RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. Now, "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)," the album's collaboration with Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is out now. Not that you expected otherwise, but this song goes hard. Listen below.
RTJ's tour hits NYC in November with Ratking and Despot.
Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Killer Mike and El-P's Run the Jewels project have shared more details about their forthcoming RTJ2 LP (due 10/28 via Mass Appeal), including the album artwork, tracklist, and more confirmed guest appearances. In addition to the previously announced appearances by Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (blink-182), the LP will feature Boots (who produced a lot of Beyonce's last album) and Foxygen side project Diane Coffee. They also mentioned there will be an RTJ2 remix album in 2015 on Fool's Gold.
RTJ also announced a tour with Ratking (who play the NYU Mystery Concert this week) and Despot which includes a NYC show happening on November 29 at Stage 48. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/3) at noon.
All dates are listed, with the artwork, tracklist and a stream from the LP, below...
RTJ at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Run The Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P) have been talking about their second album for a while now, and it's now been officially announced that it's called RTJ2 and will be out October 28 via Mass Appeal. As previously mentioned, the album features Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The first single, "Blockbuster Night Part 1," is out now and can be streamed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
by Andrew Sacher
Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series in NYC continues with another show on August 19 at SIR Stage 37 (508 West 37th St) featuring R&B crooner Jeremih and Killer Mike and El-P's no-bullshit rap project, Run the Jewels, plus a DJ set by DJ Envy. It's free but you have to RSVP to get in. RTJ have a few other dates coming up, including FYF Fest and FFF Fest. All of their dates are listed below.
Run the Jewels spoke about their upcoming sophomore album, Run the Jewels 2, in a new interview with XXL, where they talked about two guests they'll have on it, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker:
El-P: Well we can share what's already out now. We got Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. My boy Travis Barker is on the album as well. Me and Mike are on the album, we're on every song. [Laughs] It's a dope record. The fact of the matter is it's the El-P and Mike show. The record really doesn't have a lot of features on it. There are some friends that pop up here and there but it's not a big feature record.Jeremih is also planning a new album, which Buzzfeed just did an interesting article on, discussing how he bridges the gap between indie-approved R&B and the more radio-ready stuff. You can hear his "indie" side on his recenty-released EP with Shlohmo, and for the radio stuff, check out his new single with Omarion, "Show Me," below.
Killer Mike: We didn't plot to go find Zack De La Rocha and Travis Barker. We were at the studio smoking a joint and El and Zack saw each other grabbing a sandwich. Him and El was there and I was with Travis smoking weed. This record is very organic. One thing, when we made Run The Jewels, we never wanted to get--you can't make a better collab record than DJ Khaled, so if you ain't Khaled don't go fucking around with all the features, just do what you do to the best of your ability. And that's what Run The Jewels is. When you buy a Run The Jewels album, you're buying a Run The Jewels album.
Ranger Dave / Phosphorescent & Mikal Cronin at Soundwave / Arctic Monkeys
There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco's Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don't worry, though, it wasn't real blood -- just an attempt by Kanye West to extract some from the crowd by playing his current favorite song by himself over and over.Day one of Outside Lands in San Francisco kicked off a loaded weekend of music in Golden Gate Park. Friday featured sets from Kanye West (who played 'Blood On the Leaves' three times), Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Tegan and Sara, Holy Ghost!, Run the Jewels, Phosphorescent, Mikal Cronin and plenty more. Like Kim Kardashian, BV was on hand, and we've got day one pics in this post, artists that joined us in the Toyota Soundwave tent included.
...8:49 PM: Yeezus is in control now, and he stops the song "Power" dead in its tracks. "I like that song and all," he notes, taking off his couture face mask, "but I want to play a little of the last song now." He instructs the crowd to make "circles" so people can mosh when the beat to "Blood On The Leaves" drops. "This ain't no radio shit," he says. "This ain't no concierge, maitre d' music, trying to sound as smooth as possible." [Billboard]
UPDATE: Day 2 pics HERE. Day 3 coming soon. More of day 1 below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Cut Copy / The Districts / Bomba Estereo / Killer Mike
For the 2nd year in a row, we took over a stage inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at Lollapalooza with live performances and Q&As with our host Billy Jones. This year we were excited to have appearances by CHVRCHES, Into It. Over It., San Fermin (Q&A), So So Glos, Lucius, The Districts, Cut Copy, PAPA, Anna Lunoe, Bobmb Estereo, Killer Mike, and more. A full set of on-stage photos isat our Facebook, and there's a separate set of portraits there too. Pictures from day Soundwave and all of Lolla Day One are HERE. Lolla Day Two HERE. Lolla Day Three HERE. Soundwave Days Two and Three continue below...
Outkast / Damon Albarn / Grimes / Phoenix
NYC music festival Governors Ball kicked off its 2014 edition yesterday (6/6) with sets from the reunited Outkast, Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, Grimes, TV on the Radio, Phoenix, Neko Case, La Roux, Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis, Washed Out, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile, Run the Jewels (Killer Mike + El-P) and still more.
Outkast's much-anticipated set (like many of their other festival sets this year) started with both Big Boi and Andre 3000 on stage for tons of favorites right off the bat including "B.O.B.," "Gasoline Dreams, "ATLiens," "Rosa Parks," "Aquemini," "Ms. Jackson," and more. Then Big Boi did three songs alone, Andre did three alone (including "Hey Ya!" for which Janelle Monae came on stage to dance), and then another Outkast set. The second set ended with "The Whole World," for which they brought out Killer Mike to rap his verse. Pictures of all artists mentioned (and more), plus Outkast's setlist and a video of "Hey Ya!" are in this post.
GovBall continues today (6/7) with Diarrhea Planet taking the stage in about two hours (12:45 PM), and other sets include Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven and more.
More pictures from day 1 below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
Though the 2013 Sled Island Festival got flooded out, it returns to Calgary, AB this year from June 18 - 22. The full line-up will be announced on April 29, but artists appearing include St. Vincent, Spiritualized, Neko Case, Rocket from the Crypt (who play NYC tonight), Rhye, Touche Amore, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, The Julie Ruin, Killer Mike, White Lung, and more. Festival passes are on sale now, with tickets to individual shows going on sale April 11.
Full initial line-up of Sled Island 2014 artists, and a teaser video, below...
Australian beatmaker Flume recently announced some dates surrounding appearances at Coachella and the South American Lollapaloozas, including a NYC show happening on April 14 at Highline Ballroom. That show quickly sold out, but Flume's since expanded his tour and added another big NYC show happening on July 18 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/19) at noon. Updated dates are listed below.
Flume is also giving the deluxe edition of his 2012 self-titled debut a vinyl release on April 15. The deluxe edition features collaborations with Freddie Gibbs, Ghostface Killah, Autre Ne Veut, Killer Mike, Twin Shadow, How To Dress Well, Stalley, and more, and Flume's just made a video for "Space Cadet" which features Ghostface and Autre Ne Veut. The animated video was directed by Jay Howell (Bob's Burgers) and Jim Dirschberger, who works with Jay on the Nickelodeon cartoon Sanjay and Craig. You can watch that video, with the list of tour dates, below...
Run the Jewels at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
El-P and Killer Mike are each about to wrap up another great year, having both been active on their own and as their collaborative duo Run the Jewels. RTJ appeared in NYC a few times, including their big headlining Webster Hall show and a slot at Fool's Gold Day Off, but before 2013 comes to a close, they'll do another headlining gig in NYC at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on December 13 with White Mandingos (ft. Murs and a member of Bad Brains) and Phony PPL. It's a Converse Rubber Tracks Live show which means it's free but do you need to get tickets, which go on "sale" Wednesday (12/4) at noon. Their only other US date scheduled for this year at the moment is New Year's Eve in Raleigh, NC.
In related news, Stereogum points to an instagram from El-P with a picture of a handwritten note of what you should not ask Run the Jewels in interviews. El-P specifies, "Do Not Ask: How we met, What we think about the state of hip hop, How we feel about other artists," then ends it with "Thank You + Good Luck!"
In more related news, El-P and Killer Mike are promising a second Run the Jewels album for 2014. In the meantime, check out their video for "Banana Clipper" (feat. Big Boi) from their self titled 2013 LP, below...
Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Killer Mike at Webster Hall in August (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Big Boi had to cancel his tour with Killer Mike, but since rescheduled it and is set to return to NYC on October 1 at Brooklyn Bowl. At the time, Killer Mike wasn't scheduled for that show, and he's since been in NYC when he and El-P (as Run the Jewels) played Webster Hall and Fool's Gold Day Off, but since we last spoke Killer Mike has officially been added to the Brooklyn Bowl show, along with Nyzzy Nyce. Tickets for that show are still available.
Big Boi recently made a video for his song "Thom Pettie" with Little Dragon (also touring) and Killer Mike. Check it out, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...
Danny Brown at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Fool's Gold Records are returning with their free Labor Day (9/2) party, Fool's Gold Day Off again this year. Unlike past years, when it was held in the City Winery backyard, this year it's taking place at big outdoor Brooklyn venue, Williamsburg Park. The lineup includes Danny Brown (who also played last year), Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P, who we just caught at Webster Hall), Migos, A$AP Ferg, World's Fair, Action Bronson collaborator Party Supplies, Duck Sauce, Unibros (special DJ set), Grandemarshall, Nick Catchdubs, #BEEN#TRILL, and "special guests." The party runs from 2 PM-10 PM, and though it's free, you do have to RSVP (entry is still first come, first served, though). Show flyer below.
Danny Brown, who just released a new track, can also be seen for free in NYC even sooner at Afro-Punk Festival (8/24-25). After Fool's Gold Day Off, he heads out on a tour with Action Bronson that ends in NJ for Rock the Bells this October.
A$AP Ferg is releasing his new album, Trap Lord, this week (8/20). The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and more, and it can be streamed in full at Ferg's website.
Fool's Gold Day Off flyer below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Run the Jewels
Killer Mike and El-P wrapped up their Run the Jewels tour in NYC earlier this week with a Webster Hall show (8/14) that also included sets from Kool AD, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, and Despot. We already posted a set of pictures from that show, and we've got another set in this post.
More pictures below...
photos by Vladislav Grach
El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.
El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]
Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.
If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...
Killer Mike at Pitchfork Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As discussed, Killer Mike and collaborator El-P have teamed up as the duo Run the Jewels, the name under which they released a free album back in June. That duo are also on a tour this year that hits NYC on Wednesday (8/14) at Webster Hall with Despot and Kool AD. Since we last spoke, Brooklyn rapper Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire (who has opened for them before) has been added to the show as well. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. You can enter our contest on Facebook for a chance to win.
Exquire also plays NYC even sooner when he plays Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on August 17 with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes, and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
Updated dates are listed, along with a download widget for the Run the Jewels album, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lil B / Foxygen / Yo La Tengo
After entering with a robed choir behind him, R. Kelly starts stringing together his hits, medley style. A verse, a chorus, and then on to the next. Songs about "getting freaky in the club," the kitchen, the car, wherever. Kelly was the subject of a years-long investigation over child-pornography charges, but was eventually acquitted in 2008. None of that appears to matter to anyone left in the park tonight, as one of the largest crowds in Pitchfork history flocks to check out the dominant R&B performer of the last two decades. The Union Park crowd reaction isn't quite as over-the-top as that of his typical audience, but the dancing continues to escalate until the set peaks with "When a Woman's Fed Up" and the stepping songs "Happy People" and "Step in the Name of Love," accompanied by white balloons. Kelly saves "I Believe I Can Fly" for the encore, and this time white-dove balloons fill the sky. [Chicago Tribune]Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 wrapped up on Sunday (7/21) with its most hip hop heavy day, including sets from rappers El-P, Killer Mike, Lil B, and Tree, plus rap producers TNGHT and Evian Christ (who both happen to be Kanye collaborators). And not exactly rap, but in that real there were also sets from MIA and obscure up-and-comer R. Kelly. It wasn't all hip hop though. Sunday also gave us sets from Foxygen (whose singer, Sam France, continued his streak of climbing at festivals), Yo La Tengo, Waxahatchee, Autre Ne Veut, Glass Candy, and more. Pictures of the final day of the festival are in this post.
If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of Pitchfork festival, day 1 pictures and review are HERE, and more pictures are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pictures and review are HERE and more pictures are HERE. Day 3 pictures continue below...