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Run the Jewels Biography

Run the Jewels is an American hip hop duo created by rappers El-P and Killer Mike.

Early Formation

The group was initially formed as a side project when El-P produced Killer Mike’s 2012 album, R.A.P. Music. Soon after, Killer Mike was on El-P’s Tougher Colder Killer track from his album Cancer 4 Cure. As a result of their respective solo projects, they supported their albums together on a tour. Following its success, they decided to form Run the Jewels.


Under the representation of Fool’s Gold Records, Run the Jewels revealed their self-titled debut album in 2013. The following year, they released the sophomore LP Run The Jewels 2 this time under Mass Appeal Records. It was very well received by critics and by fans. Rubble Kings (Dynamite on the Street) was released that year as a non-album single. Talk to Me was then issued as the lead single from their upcoming LP Run the Jewels 3. In 2015, the duo accompanied White Stripes’ Jack White at Madison Square Garden. The next months, Run the Jewels performed at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival amongst many others. Run the Jewels 3 was finally revealed on Christmas Eve in 2016 as a digital free download.

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