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Ep. #149: Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels is a tremendous hip-hop duo consisting of inventive New York MC and producer El-P and one of the world’s wisest and best rappers, Killer Mike from Atlanta, Georgia. After collaborating on each other’s solo albums, Run the Jewels released their critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2013, as a free download. This past October, they shocked the world again, leaking their landmark new LP Run the Jewels 2 ahead of its release date on Mass Appeal and knocking fans and critics out with a next level record. They’re in the midst of a world tour right now, which brings them to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on November 26 and Montreal’s Club Soda on November 27. Here, El and Mike talk about being separate but together in Pomona, east coast dudes who love California, making a new album that was darker, harder, and more furious, outdoing yourself, carrying the vibe over, there’s more to life than fun, emulating punk, balancing serious and funny shit, shooting a poodle and police brutality, El introducing Mike to Bill Hicks and other comedians they both love, vibrant personalities and genuine friendship, you gotta laugh when you wanna cry, executioner farts, El appreciates Mike’s wisdom, twisted realities, Run the Jewels might be soulmates, family jewels, arguing about bagels, coffee, and weed, why El tends to work with people like Zack de la Rocha, Travis Barker, BOOTS, Trent Reznor, Cat Power, and Nick Diamonds among others, absurd moments, nervous on the Late Show with David Letterman, Meow the Jewels, the song “Crown,” now close your eyes…

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