Killer Mike Provides Update On Run The Jewels’ Next Album

Killer Mike says that the fifth Run The Jewels album is almost done.

BYCole Blake
Killer Mike Provides Update On Run The Jewels’ Next Album

Killer Mike says that Run The Jewels' fifth studio album is nearly complete. He provided an update on the status of the group during a new interview with High Times. The interview comes after the announcement of Mike's first solo album in over a decade, Michael.

When asked about the progress on Run The Jewels 5, Mike told the outlet: “The album is literally two days away. I have to go in tonight and change two lines on a song. I’m just waiting for some drums from [producer] No I.D. and we’re done.”

Killer Mike & El-P

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels perform at the Queens of the Stone Age and Friends show at Finsbury Park on June 30, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Katja Ogrin/WireImage)

Mike also reflected on the success he and El-P have achieved together as a duo, sitting that it came to him as a surprise. “I didn’t see it for exactly what it was because I’ve never been here before, but I knew we were something badass and we were going to be big,” he said. “Big is relative. Coming off the underground, big is just, ‘Hey man, I went gold,’ and I can play small clubs. Did I see us doing 100,000 people in England with [Labour Party leader] Jeremy Corbyn? Did I see us opening for the Foo Fighters at the Super Bowl in Atlanta? Did I see us doing Pitchfork Music Festival with 40,000 kids? No, I did not. I am so, so grateful.”

Ahead of their fifth album together Killer Mike and El-P recently announced a special 10th-anniversary tour. They will be “performing a different set each night spanning the band’s full discography, bolstered by a plethora of special guests and surprises along the way," according to a press release. They'll be performing several shows in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, as well as Los Angeles in the fall. As for Killer Mike's solo album, Michael, the project will be dropping on June 16. Mike released the single, "Don't Let The Devil," in preparation for the album, earlier this week.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.