10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
El-P Responds To News That Kevin Hart Is Producing Film Called "Run The Jewels"
There's a new action comedy in the works, with Kevin Hart's name attached to it, and there's a couple of rappers who aren't too pleased with the movie's title.
Killer Mike Updates Fans On "Run The Jewels 3" Release
Killer Mike and El-P's much beloved rap group Run The Jewels, are working on their third eponymously titled album, as they have been for a minute now. The last update we received on the Run The Jewels 3 album was in March, when producer/rapper El-P told fans that the album was "halfway" done.
These Hip Hop Artists Are "On The Way To Legend" According To Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli can usually be found debating, arguing, or flat out beefing with his Twitter followers. On Tuesday, he responded to a tweet that suggested that there are no one today matches the artistry of golden era greats like Rakim and A Tribe Called Quest. “I disagree,” Kweli wrote. “RTJ, Joey Badass, Kendrick, Cole, Rapsody, Anderson Paak Chance, all great on the way to legend.”
El-P Gives Promising Update On "Run The Jewels 3"
It appears that Killer Mike and El-P have been holed up in the studio these past few weeks, smoking copious amounts of reefer and putting a major dent into their massively anticipated album Run The Jewels 3. They made such great progress that El-P believes a 2016 release is within reach. "Pleased to report #RTJ3 is halfway done, the goal of a 2016 release is achievable and a safer, more profitable global economy in our grasp," he wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
Bernie Sanders' Most Hip-Hop Moments
There's no question that Bernie Sanders is the hip hop community's choice for president. As he continues to fight for the democratic party's nomination, we've decided to compile Senator Sanders' most hip hop moments. Killer Mike, the legendary Atlanta MC who is best known currently as one half of Run The Jewels, has been an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders in recent months, endorsing him at every chance he gets. T.I. is the most recent rapper to make headlines for supporting Bernie, but Big Boi and Lil B have also gone public with their feeling of the Bern.
Killer Mike Calls Out Clinton In Rousing Speech At Sanders Rally
One of Bernie Sanders' most prominent and vocal supporters has been Atlanta emcee Killer Mike. As both Democratic candidates were in South Carolina today for the state's primary, Killer Mike delivered an impassioned speech at a Sanders rally at Claflin University. The focus of his speech was the difference between Senator Sanders' attitude toward the Black Lives Matter movement to that of his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Killer Mike Shares Snippet of "RTJ3" On Instagram
It was just six weeks ago that El-P shared the first snippet of Run The Jewels’ upcoming third album RTJ3 via Instagram. At the time, he cautioned fans that he and fellow jewel runner Killer Mike had only just gotten off tour and needed some time to “produce, write, record, mix and master” the record. Basically, they hadn’t started.
Hip Hop Celebrates MLK Day On Social Media
Martin Luther King can be seen as a proto-rapper, a Baptist minister who spoke with so much passion and eloquence that he had audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands hanging onto his every word. But that is not why King is beloved in the hip hop community (and beyond). He used nonviolent protest to fight on behalf of the marginalized black community. King was a true man of the people.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
28 Times Killer Mike & El-P Did The Run The Jewels Pose With Celebs
When they're not getting in the studio making bangers and getting buckwild on stage, Killer Mike & El-P can often be found posing for photos with celebrities -- rappers, actors, talk show hosts, politicians, athletes -- with one hand extended in the shape of a gun, the other balled in a fist holding up an invisible chain.
Killer Mike & El-P Are Prepping "RTJ3"
After touring behind the success of their first two albums, RTJ and RTJ2 -- both which garnered universal acclaim, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, aka Run the Jewels, are coming back with RTJ3. Don't expect the album for a little while, though, as El-P has admitted that they've barely gotten started. But from the sounds of the BK producer's early studio experiments, #3 is gonna be just as wild as the first two. Listen to a snippet of a crazy sounding instrumental below.
Nas & Zach De La Rocha Hit The Studio With Run The Jewels
Although they're still in the process of rolling out one of the more unique projects ever attempted, Meow The Jewels, Killer Mike and El-P are also currently at work on RTJ3. As last year's RTJ2 showed with appearances by Gangsta Boo, Travis Barker and Zach De La Rocha, these two guys are friends with some awesome people, and it looks like they'll be capitalizing on that again for the follow-up.
5 Beats 1 Radio Shows For Hip-Hop Fans
Since launching earlier this month, Apple Music has swept the rug from under TIDAL’s feet and made a markedly successful splash, delivering a diverse catalogue of options for their new Beats Radio 1 feature. Providing 24/7 entertainment and quality-listening for such a large market can be challenging, but Apple has pulled it off-- especially when it comes to options for hip-hop fans.
Killer Mike On Charleston Massacre: "I Wish Those Folks Had Been Armed"
The massacre of nine black Americans at a Charleston church Wednesday night left America stunned and heartbroken. Killer Mike took to Twitter to air his grievances regarding the tragedy -- chiefly, that if the churchgoers had been armed, less would have likely died. "What happened in Charleston is an act of terror committed by a terrorist. Simple & plain. I wish those folks in that church had been armed," he wrote.
Killer Mike Asks Fans To Vote For Him In Atlanta Election
Listening to Killer Mike talk, or rap, for one minute should be enough to convince you he's a born political leader. While he's always been very vocal about his views, Mike has never attempted to enter politics, but it seems the day has finally come. Posting on Instagram today, the rapper asked fans in Atlanta to go to the polls and write his given name (Michael Render) on the ballet to replace former state rep Tyrone Brooks.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (May 16 - 22)
After a big first quarter, May has been kind of a slump month for releases, as there's tons of noteworthy projects planned for this summer, but the last few weeks have mostly been dominated by singles, videos and news. However, we did get great new tapes from Gucci Mane, Fredo Santana, King Louie and Remy Banks this week, some crazy visuals from A$AP Rocky and some big singles from 50 Cent and Gunplay.
Run The Jewels Remix Album, "Meow The Jewels," Will Feature Just Blaze & DJ Prince Paul
What started out as a joke is now becoming all too real. The Run The Jewels remix album-- which has now been crowd-funded for charity --will be compiled of cat sounds exclusively (except for the vocals, of course), and there are some big names on board to get the project going.Yesterday, El-P confirmed that legendary producers Just Blaze and DJ Prince Paul would be contributing mixes to the project, as well as sharing a clip from an upcoming mix from Dan The Automator.
Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed On Baltimore & Freddie Gray
As far as political minds in hip hop go, Killer Mike is one of the all-time greats. He's spoken his mind on current events both in his music and online, and now he's followed The Game's lead and written an editorial about Freddie Gray's murder and the ensuing protests in Baltimore.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.