Run The Jewels
Available languages: EnglishWhat started as a one-off project and quickly evolved into a Grammy-nominated hip-hop super duo, Run the Jewels features the talents of Brooklyn rapper/producer El-P and Atlanta emcee Killer Mike. Atop hard-hitting beats and ominous production, the pair trade aggressive and often wryly comical rhymes, touching upon social issues, life and death, and a heavy dose of chest-thumping bragging. Following their critically acclaimed, underground hit Run the Jewels (2013), they expanded their reach with 2014 crossover breakthrough Run the Jewels 2, which graduated the pair from genre secret to genuine chart presence. Their U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop number one Run the Jewels 3 landed in 2016, helping RTJ become an in-demand headliner for both rap and alternative rock fans. Formed after El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album, R.A.P. Music, the duo released their debut offering Run the Jewels (Fool's Gold). Critically popular and with a sizable underground fan base to boot, Run the Jewels quickly garnered national attention. Their sophomore effort, 2014's Run the Jewels 2, marked the pair's first appearance on the Billboard 200. RTJ2 featured appearances by Boots, Travis Barker, Gangsta Boo, and Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha, who lent his distinctive vocals to the fiery single "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)." A crowd-funded remix version of the album -- with all the music replaced by samples of meowing cats -- was released in 2015 as Meow the Jewels. It featured guest appearances from Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Dan the Automator, and Internet feline sensation Lil Bub. The group ended the year with the single "Rubble Kings (Dynamite on the Street)," released by the Adult Swim label. In 2016, the duo announced RTJ3, which was set for release in early 2017. However, on Christmas Eve 2016, they unexpectedly uploaded the album as another free download. Featuring appearances by Joi, Trina, Boots, Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe, Kamasi Washington, and the return of Zack de la Rocha, RTJ3 debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and topped both the Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Promoting the effort over the coming years, they headlined multiple festival stages across the globe and joined pop star Lorde on her 2018 Melodrama World Tour. They also continued recording, issuing a collaboration with Danger Mouse and Big Boi ("Chase Me") which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song. Another track, "Let's Go (The Royal We)," landed on the soundtrack to Venom, while the pair lent their familiar vocals to DJ Shadow's "Kings & Queens." With a new decade came a new RTJ era. Run the Jewels 4 arrived in June 2020 amid a global pandemic (which postponed a world tour with Rage Against the Machine) and a nationwide movement in the U.S. protesting police brutality. RTJ4 featured guests Greg Nice, DJ Premier, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Mavis Staples, Josh Homme, and another de la Rocha collaboration.
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In 2013, rapper El-P - the representative of independent New York rap (with Company Flow, then going solo and creating the label Definitive Jux) – joined up with Killer Mike, a solid street rapper from Atlanta who made a name for himself on OutKast’s debut album. Seven years and three albums later under the name Run The Jewels, the duo has not only become inseparable (and almost exclusive) but also an essential group on the contemporary rap scene. On RTJ4, the two forty-somethings continue to carry the torch for a noisy and rebellious rap inherited from Public Enemy. While the influence of the Bomb Squad, which was tangible even from their first productions in the mid-90s, is more present than ever, El-P stirs up his own sonic revolution and sets fire to all kinds of things by sampling the post-punk group Gang Of Four (the ground below), distinguishing himself over dancehall riddims (holy calamafuck, co-produced by Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio), recording Native American saxophonist Cochemea (a few words for the firing squad (radiation)) and bringing together big names as diverse as Pharrell Williams, Zack de La Rocha, Josh Homme, Mavis Staples and DJ Premier. Articulate and never overly wordy, the two rappers complement each other impressively in their timbres, their flows and their writing. El-P has retained from the golden age of indie rap a taste and talent for double entendres and witty punchlines, and Killer Mike, who in the civilian world has become one of the leading voices on the American left, alongside Bernie Sanders, manages the feat of putting social commentary back at the heart of rap. Being released in the midst of the public uprising in the United States following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police, RTJ4 is like a real-time and inevitably icy autopsy of Trump's America. © Damien Besançon/Qobuz
Rap - Verschenen op 26 december 2016 | Run The Jewels, Inc.
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De Amerikaanse hiphop-formatie Run the Jewels wordt in 2013 opgericht door rapper en producer El-P en rapper Killer Mike. In 2017 verschijnt hun derde album Run the Jewels 3. De nieuwe tracks klinken strak en worden naar en hoog niveau getild door het samenspel tussen de beide rappers. Trina, Boots, Tunde Adebimpe, Zack de la Rocha en Kamasi Washington vervullen rollen als gastartiesten. © TiVo
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