The Killer Mike and El-P connection stretches much further back than their new, collaborative project Run the Jewels. Both artists have had a significant impact on the underground and alternative hip hop scene, Mike primarily as a rapper and El-P primarily as a producer. They’ve been working together off and on for years, notably with El-P producing Mike’s 2012 critical smash R.A.P. Music and Mike showing up to guest on El-P’s solo material.
Run the Jewels is simply the moniker of their first formal collaborative pairing, and their debut album, Run the Jewels, is every bit the cohesive, powerful, hard-hitting, and downright incredible hip hop album you would expect from the duo. In a summer of Yeezus and Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Run the Jewels is not only the most criminally underrated rap release, but also perhaps the single best.
Mike and El-P are touring together and performing together, as, for lack of a better comparison, a sort of underground hip hop Watch the Throne. They’re hitting Nashville’s Exit/In next Tuesday, July 16, and will be joined by fellow underground standouts Despot, Kool A.D., and Jabee (grab tickets here). Better still? We’re giving away a pair of tickets! After the jump, we’ve got details on how to win, along with previews of all of the performers!
KILLER MIKE + EL-P = RUN THE JEWELS
Individually, Killer Mike and El-P are among the best at their craft. Together, they’re unstoppable. Download their album for free here.
NY-based Despot is an associate of El-P, and signed to his label.
Kool A.D. is best known for being 1/3 of the now-defunct group Das Racist.
Rising MC, Jabee, is another associate of El-P.
Here’s how you can score a pair of tickets to the show:
- E-mail [email protected].
- Put “Run the Jewels Contest” in the subject line.
- Provide us with your first and last name.
- (optional) For a bonus chance to win, RSVP to the event on Facebook and share it on your wall. (Let us know in your e-mail if you did this and we’ll enter your name a second time).
You and your guest must be 18+, per the show’s age requirements. We will pick a winner Monday (7/15) at 12PM.
Killer Mike + El-P + Run the Jewels, Despot, Kool A.D., and Jabee will perform at Exit/In on Tuesday, July 16. The show is 18+ and tickets are available here for $17.