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Run the Jewels Return with 'RTJ4' When We Need Them Most

Run the Jewels have always had a taste for action-movie hyperbole, but as they've powered through their careers, the lines between slapstick and real have almost ceased to exist.

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Lushlife + CSLSX - "This Ecstatic Cult ft. Killer Mike" (Singles Going Steady)

The haze and trap of this beat is almost uncannily indebted to Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which of course is gonna sound good under an Atlanta flow.

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Run the Jewels: Meow the Jewels

The jewel runners go full Cheezburger, pointing claws and snatching collars in the finest feline-based album in the history of everdom.

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Run the Jewels - "Early" (video)

Socially conscious and musically inventive in the way we've come to expect from Run the Jewels, the animated video to "Early" is a real ear and eye-grabber.

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Counterbalance: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

One of 2014's most acclaimed albums is a dense, challenging effort from two wily veterans. Profanities and profundities abound in this week's Counterbalance.

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Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.

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Run the Jewels - "Blockbuster Night Part 1" (audio)

Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) have dropped a cut from their forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, "Blockbuster Night Part 1".

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Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) - "Get It" (stream)

The new song from hip-hop odd couple El-P and Killer Mike continues the synergy found on their outstanding 2012 solo efforts, finding the duo sliding into a masterful, sinister comfort zone that's the equivalent of two super villains doing battle over the world right before they decide to conquer it together.

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The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

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The Coup: Sorry to Bother You

On communism's rhetoric of eschatology, and why dick jokes beat slogans.

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Pussy Riot, Paul Ryan, and Protest Music in 2012 America

With a high-stakes presidential election around the corner, many people have wondered what's happened to protest music in America. From Pussy Riot to Paul Ryan, taking stock might not be as simple as it was a few decades ago.

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Looking Forward to North by Northeast, Not a Lot of Sleep

Canada's North by Northeast is the ostensible cousin to Austin, Texas' SXSW, and I for one am stoked about attending it this year.

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Killer Mike - "Big Beast" NSFW (Video) + Tour Dates

Killer Mike has just dropped his video for the single "Big Beast" featuring featuring Bun B and T.I. The NSFW video comes across as a take on a Robert Rodriguez film.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2011

Newcomers, giants, throwbacks, and collaborators -- 2011 was the year of diversity, in which rap fans were faced with enough variety to find whatever flavor of hip-hop they wanted.

David Amidon, Dave Heaton, Quentin B. Huff, Mike Madden, and Dean Van Nguyen
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Killer Mike: I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II

Killer Mike cut down on the promotional posse-cuts that took up half of his last album, thus rendering the second installment of his I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind series his most essential album, a fully realized example of his incredible promise.


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