Killer Mike and El-P established their hip-hop bona fides long before they joined forces. Mike came roaring outta the ATL in 2000 when he dropped head-spinning verses on “Snappin’ & Trappin’ ” on OutKast’s ‘Stankonia’ and made his solo debut with ‘Monster’ in 2003. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, El-P co-founded the Definitive Jux label and produced their breakout artists, including Aesop Rock and RJD2. Fast-forward to 2012, when El-P produced Mike’s ‘R.A.P. Music’ and Mike was featured on El-P’s ‘Cancer 4 Cure’; they toured together and then bonded as Run The Jewels. The impromptu partnership has evolved into a potent project, yielding three albums bursting with passion, political outrage, and wry doses of humor. RTJ’s relentless flow is backed by deep beats from Trackstar the DJ and has featured a dizzying array of guest appearances from Zack de la Rocha, Kamasi Washington, and Danny Brown. We caught up with the guys in “The World According To Run The Jewels,” where they weighed in on cagey investments, romantic relationships, North Korean haircuts, strippers, weed, and the never-ending process of physical fitness.
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Executive Producer: Joseph Patel
Producers: Jayson Rodriquez, Lori Schmon
Camera: Cameron Robert
Editors: Lika Kumoi, Kevin Rose
Sound Design: Michael Levesque Jr. @ PlushNYC
Production Coordinator: Hailey Rovner
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