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El-P on Upcoming 'Run the Jewels 4' Album: "The Grimiest, Rawest Record"

“I've been collecting beats…”

No one sounds like Run The Jewels, and for good reason. The sewer-born rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike have carved an impressive and noisy lane from themselves and their bully raps, with three beloved and acclaimed albums to their collective name. 

Speaking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1, the duo revealed that their fourth record is in the works, and promises to be another gritty showstopper.

“I've been collecting beats and we're just going to kind of try and make the grimiest, rawest record we possibly can,” El-P told Lowe. He and Killer Mike teamed up for “Let’s Go (The Royal We)” off the Venom movie soundtrack, and in the process of crafting the track, the duo apparently laid the creative groundwork for Run the Jewels 4.

“The essence of the music actually came from a trailer that I submitted for the Blade Runner 2049 trailer, that ultimately they didn't use,” El-P continued. “I just loved it so much that I was like, ‘I have to use this.’ So basically, I had spent some time working on that, to kind of try and transform it into a beat for essentially Run the Jewels 4, because me and Mike both loved [“Let’s Go (The Royal We)”], and we just thought it was nasty.”

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“We always really were just about making nasty rap records, man,” Killer Mike added. “At the end of the day, I think that one of the purest political statements to make is being honest and being raw and being genuine. We never were the type of people who were looking to make records that were addressing specific political situations. If it happens, it happens, and it does on occasion, but we're not Public Enemy. What we're trying to do is be two guys in a friendship from different places having the time of their lives and making something that everybody can make the scrunchy face to when they hear.”

Grimy, raw, witty, and informed, Run the Jewels 4 sounds like it will be playing in the RTJ gold standard of music. Nearly two years on from Run the Jewels 3, fans should be delighted to hear that the creative process for the fourth album has begun. While neither Mike nor El alluded to any recording being finished, we can assume that with their album’s aesthetic ironed out, we’ll be getting raps sooner rather than later. 

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