RTJ Killer Mike And El-P I Want that You Call "Shit"
#DXCLUSIVE: The Execution of the Jewels of The brains to talk about the racial divide, and the possibility of change and the importance of having faith in the people.
Omaha, NE – After an ominous electrical storm descended on Run The Jewels' headlining set in Omaha, Nebraska annual MAHA Music Festival on Saturday (August 19), Killer Mike and El-P were forced to cut her set of three songs early.
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Although a black Cadillac Escalade was waiting outside of his trailer to beat them before the rain began, the two renowned MCs still took some time to discuss the current social and political landscape in the united states.
Mike, a native of Atlanta, who has just launched a line of merchandising essentially, making a mockery of the Confederation, has been vocal about his policy positions. All in all, The Product and the Outkast affiliate that offers smart solutions for the growing gap in the current political climate.
"As a black person, what I've always seen my white friends do is call the bullshit when we're not in the room 'cause that is when it really counts," Mike told HipHopDX. "The people in this country — either through good manners or smart enough to know when not to offend others. But it is important that you call the crap out when not in the room, if it is only you and the people in your group, or any group of power."
"For men, that men, and sometimes for the white people, the white people," he continued. "I think that's important. Most people don't want to be fucked. If you take 10 racists in the room, seven of those people who have a difficult time developing friendships with the people."
Friendship is the core of what makes Run The Jewels work. After Mike was presented to the former Definitive Jux head honcho by Adult Swim's Jason DeMarco in 2011, El-P signed on to produce Mike's 2012 solo project, R. A. P. Music. They didn't know it at the time, but that album was the beginning of what would be RTJ, a group that grew out of a real affinity between its members.
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