Born To Rap 2: Run The Jewels Discuss The Art Of The Live Show

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Rap duo El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, discuss how they gear up to perform prior to going on-stage at the Isle of Lights music festival in the Dominican Republic.

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Born To Rap: Run The Jewels Explain How They Got Started And What’s Next

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

We meet up with the rap duo El-P and Killer Mike at their show in Dominican Republic to learn about their humble beginnings and their rise to fame in the world of hip hop. Their sophomore album is now out on Mass Appeal Records!.

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Run The Jewels ft. Zack de la Rocha – Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)

Written by Nigel D. / 03.26.15

“When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people – complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.”

For El-P of Run the Jewels “this is a vision of a seemingly never-ending struggle whose participants are pitted against each other by forces originating outside of themselves.”

Adds partner Killer Mike “this video represents the futile and exhausting existence of a purgatory-like law enforcement system. There is no neat solution at the end because there is no neat solution in the real world. However, there is an opportunity to dialogue and change the way communities are policed in this country. Salutes to AG Rojas for his unique take on the subject matter and to Shea and Keith for giving us their all and bringing it to life.”

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Video: Run the Jewels – Lie, Cheat, Steal

Written by Nigel D. / 01.28.15

The duo, Run the Jewels, drops a video for “Lie, Cheat, Steal.” Hopefully you avoid doing all three of those things.

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Video: Run The Jewels – Blockbuster Night Part 1

Written by Nigel D. / 11.20.14

Killer Mike and El-P aka, Run The Jewels, drop a video for “Blockbuster Night Part 1.”

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Run The Jewels ft. Despot & Wiki – Blockbuster Night Pt 2

Written by Nigel D. / 10.27.14

Run The Jewels drops the sequel to “Blockbuster Night Pt 2.” Check out their international “Tag The Jewels” campaign for the recently released “RTJ2.”

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Run The Jewels ft. Zack De La Rocha – Close Your Eyes (And Count to F***)

Written by Nigel D. / 10.13.14

Killer Mike and El-P release “Close Your Eyes” off of the upcoming “RTJ2″ album.

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