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.
Killer Mike Had Dinner At The White House & He Documented It All On Social Media
Killer Mike was lucky enough to attend the very exclusive White House Correspondents Dinner last night, getting invite through The Huffington Post. There's probably no rapper who deserves a trip to the government building more than the Southern half of Run The Jewels, and he made the most of the opportunity by documenting the whole night on Twitter and Instagram.
Killer Mike Delivers Lecture At MIT On Independent Record Labels, Police Violence, White Rappers, And More
As a part of the second installment of MIT's Hip Hop Speaker Series, Killer Mike spent two and a half hours Friday fielded questions from MIT students and faculty, touching on a wide range of topics from independent record labels to police violence to white rappers to the No Child Left Behind Act. Mike had well-chosen but harsh words for the major label system, comparing it to "sharecropping." "We have been used and abused and we know that," he said.
Killer Mike To Speak On Race Relations At MIT's Hip Hop Speaker Series
As a part of MIT's Hip Hop Speaker Series, Killer Mike will deliver a lecture at the school this upcoming Friday about race relations in the United States and address how current and future technologies could impact race relation issues. Topics such as Ferguson, the SAE incident in Oklahoma, and white privilege and black empowerment will be included. His lecture will be the second in the Series -- Young Guru lectured on design and technology last March.
Killer Mike Reacts To Kendrick Lamar's "Hood Politics" Shout-Out
There was certainly a lot to process on the first listen of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, but one very immediate lines came in "Hood Politics," where K-Dot rapped "Critics want to mention that they miss when Hip-Hop was rappin’/ Motherfucker if you did, then Killer Mike’d be platinum”.
Run The Jewels Featured On The Cover Of Two New Marvel Comics
Over the last couple of months, we've seen hip hop invade a couple of Marvel comics covers, first with Rae Sremmurd making their way into Captain America, and then Birdman boolin' in the bondo with the Kingpin for Spider-Man.
Running The Jewels & The Game: An Argument For Killer Mike As The Top MC Of The Past Three Years
Ask most Hip-Hop fans who’s been running the rap game the past three years, and the answers would mostly be the same; Kendrick Lamar…Drake…maybe some J. Cole. Even with somewhat of an agreement, there’s no science to this. There’s no exact formula of determining who is on top. Is it record sales? Some would say that, and that would justify the belief that Kendrick, Drake, or Cole are on top of the game. Using that logic however would leave justification of our culture up to whoever is buying music…whoever.
Logic Gives His Opinion On Online Activism
In an age when rappers seem more focused than ever on the prevailing trends, sounds and news stories of the day, Logic goes against the grain. For starters, his music is intensely personal, focusing almost solely on his daily struggles and come-up, and largely not relying on collaborators to elevate his status. This carries through to his online presence; Logic's Twitter and Facebook pages rarely contain rants or fiercely opinionated posts.
Hip-Hop Reacts To Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner Case
Following the recent decision of a grand jury in Ferguson not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, another verdict has been passed that's got many Americans' heads spinning.