Standards are exponentially high as fans prepare for the release of Run the Jewels 2. Arguably one of hip hop’s best free projects of 2013, debut album Run the Jewels, from nearly perfect duo Killer Mike and El-P, is being followed up by a second execution–which according to El-P’s twitter feed, should be finished soon and thankfully so.
Under the moniker Run the Jewels, the two have successfully reassured old fans and welcomed new ones with their edge, malefic feel and passionate deliveries where classic Southern drawl and NY grit sit together comfortably. Killer Mike and El-P create a holistic vibe that is felt, not forced, and needed just as much as it is wanted. The two share an esoteric respect for one another and their subjective outlooks, that admiration is solidified and made manifest in their work.
Digitally released for free via Fools Gold, Run the Jewels was serious as ever in terms of content and experimental, electric and fun in terms of production.
Listen to NY’s El-P and Atlanta’s Killer Mike on the 1:40 min snippet of “Blockbuster Night Part I” from RTJ2 as the two prepare for another round, viscerally attacking a necessitous hip hop scene, too often void of important critique in mainstream outlets.
Check out the snippet below and tell us what you think.
Earlier this week the duo released upcoming North American tour dates listed below! Stay tuned for more information and updates for RTJ2!
07-31 Salt Lake City, UT – Pioneer Park
08-02 Chicago, IL – Double Door
08-03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-08 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08-09 Seattle, WA – Showbox
08-11 Victoria, British Columbia – Upstairs Cabaret
08-12 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore
08-13 Calgary, Alberta – Republik
08-14 Edmonton, Alberta – Starlite Room
08-16 Portland, OR – Music Fest Northwest
08-22 Denver, CO – Mad Decent Block Party
08-23 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
11-07-09 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest