Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) – “Blockbuster Night Part 1” Aug21

Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) – “Blockbuster Night Part 1”...

Last year’s breakout album was Run The Jewels from El-P and Killer Mike. As a lifelong fan of El-P, even when he dissed my team on “8 Steps to Perfection,” I have always felt that his production has been ahead of its time. Now his style is right on time, so with his new single, he scales it back to great effect. El-P and Killer Mike sound very aggravated over the dystopian chugging, martial beat. Even the opening wail has a sci-fi effect, maybe a little close to Doctor Who. But that’s all forgotten once the verses start. No hocus pocus, you simple suckers deserve to notice Top o’ the morning, my fist-to-your-face is fucking Folgers Run The Jewels 2 will be out on October 28th…damn that’s a long time to wait. (Mass...

Killer Mike – “The Boonies” (prod. by The Alchemist) Apr10

Killer Mike – “The Boonies” (prod. by The Alchemist)...

Killer Mike’s win streak continues with his ode to The Boondocks, the militantly bawdy cartoon about two young brothers living with their Granddad in a suburban neighborhood. Per Pitchfork The Boondocks Mixtape, which is out on April 16, features songs from Smoke DZA, Lil Herb, Chevy Woods, Problem, Roscoe Dash, Two 9, Skeme, and more. It’s hosted by DJ Drama, Don Cannon, and Trendsetter Sense. I still have my trepidations about Season 4 since the show’s creator and showrunner, Aaron McGruder, had no hand in this year’s cartoons. I’ll watch it regardless, but I will definitely be checking for McGruder’s next project, Black Jesus, with a greater sense of...

Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels” (video) Mar04

Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels” (video)...

Visuals for the title track of the best rap album of 2013, Run The Jewels. Don’t believe me, just watch. Run The Jewels are El-P and Killer Mike. This ain’t trap shit, ratchet shit, or some rap-sung collaboration. This is that aggravated, fuck shit up, falcon punch your bitch, retro-future boom bap rap shit. Fuck with this! Cop the whole damn album. 10 tracks, no filler bullshit....