Hottest Albums Of 2014
In terms of sales, hip hop albums did not do very well this year. As of press time, J. Cole is the only rapper with a gold album this year, and he just sneaked into the fourth quarter with a surprise release. Most of this boils down to a simple lack of "event" albums. Most of the biggest hip hop artists dropped last year (Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z, etc.), and thus created something of a drought in terms of high profile releases.
Run The Jewels Were Attacked On Stage At SXSW [Update: Killer Mike Suffers Injury]
While performing down at SXSW in Austin, Texas on Monday, Killer Mike and El-P had a stupid, unidentified man run up on stage and try attacking them, but Killer Mike wasn’t having any of it (like the OG he is).
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”.
Stream/Download Run The Jewels New Album "Run The Jewels 2"
Run The Jewels, which consists of Killer Mike and El-P, were originally supposed to release their sophomore album, Run The Jewels 2, on October 27th via Mass Appeal Records, but had a little change in plans. Apparently the project sprung an early leak so Killer Mike decided to just give it away for free tonight.
The Art Of Storytelling: The Best Stories Told In 2014
There's a lot of bickering about lyrical content in today's rap game--well, that's always been the case. But old-headed purists argue, and will continue to argue, that today's lyricists lack the depth of their long gone favorite MCs. Of course, what you look for in a rapper depends on your personal taste. Sometimes, lyrics might take a back seat. Sure, "flow" is heightened with impressive wordplay, but many of today's most prolific rappers bang most of their buck with vocal cadence, pitching and stretching their voices to meld with a specific beat.
Nas Previews New J Dilla-Produced Single
Run The Jewels are earning critical-acclaim from just about every major publication for their new Run The Jewels 2 LP, but the biggest story to come from their fan appreciation night came from an entirely different hip-hop act: Nas. Dropping by the venue to support his Mass Appeal signees, the Queensbridge emcee offered some words of wisdom to Mike & Jamie before offering to preview his new single for all of the lucky attendees.
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.
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.
Best Album Covers Of 2014
In many ways, it's surprising that we're still doing a list like this in 2014, as we've reached a point where music has, almost, gone entirely digital. No one's actually buying physical albums, but we still see album artwork with each release, and we certainly had some compelling examples in 2014. Artists and labels continue to invest a lot of effort, and money, into the artwork they adjoin their releases with.
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.
Review: Run the Jewels' (Killer Mike & El-P) "RTJ2"
El-P was first brought to Killer Mike's studio to commission a beat, or two, for Mike’s R.A.P.
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.
Killer Mike & El-P Drop Off Their "Meow The Jewels" Remix Album
Well here’s a nice treat to kickstart the weekend. Killer Mike & El-P, aka Run The Jewels, have decided to surprise their fans tonight by dropping off their long awaited remix album called Meow The Jewels.
The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Vince Staples To Perform At Hangout Fest 2016
Hangout Musical Festival just announced their 2016 lineup for the epic weekend about to go down on the Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 20-22. The Weeknd will headline along with Calvin Harris and Florence + the Machine. The festival lineup is a little thin from the hip hop department, but still enough that there will be a couple hip hop shows each day. Here are the hip hop acts that will be hitting Hangout 2016: Fetty Wap, Big Grams, Run the Jewels, Vince Staples, Raury, Pell, will
"Run The Jewels 2" To Be Remixed Using Cat Sounds? [Update: Yes, "Meow The Jewels" Is Happening]
With Run The Jewels 2 slated to hit retail this October, collaborators Killer Mike & El-P are offering some very interesting online-only exclusives for the fans. Most notable of these exclusives is a $40,000 dollar pre-order for Meow The Jewels, a rendition of Run The Jewels 2 with all of the instrumentals re-created using nothing but cat sounds.
Killer Mike & El-P's "Run The Jewels 2" Album Cover & Tracklist Revealed, Plus New Tour Dates
A week and half ago Killer Mike and El-P, known together as Run The Jewels, announced a release date for their sophomore self-titled effort Run The Jewels 2, as well as the news that they had signed to Mass Appeal's new imprint. With RTJ2 due out on October 28th, today the duo have released the official cover art, much in the same vein as the first album (which was dope), as well as the tracklisting for the LP.
Danny Brown, Run The Jewels, DOOMSTARKS Contribute To Adult Swim Singles Set
Adult Swim has proved to have immaculate taste over the last few years, as the nightly Cartoon Network program has released its share of memorable singles compilations. This summer we'll be getting yet another set of singles, and they'll be coming on a weekly basis starting next week.Among the selections are Dawn Richard (now going as D∆WN), Kitty, Yung Lean, Danny Brown (along with Clams Casino), Shabazz Palaces, Flying Lotus, and the DOOM x Ghostface collaboration, DOOMSTARKS.Check out the full schedule below. Which track are you most excited for?
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.
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 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.