El-P + Killer Mike

Brooklyn indie-rap majordomo El-P and relentlessly grinding Dungeon Family alumnus Killer Mike became fast friends and creative collaborators when what was meant to be a one-beat team-up turned into the full-length R.A.P. Music. The El-produced, Mike-helmed skullcrusher of a hip-hop record was the bolo right hook in their 2012 one-two punch, with El Producto's own Cancer4Cure as the gut-slugging left. And if that wasn't enough, they both jumped out the gate 13 months later as co-headliners of Run the Jewels, a free-to-download album that appears to be one of the few releases rap fiends can agree about these days. And not for nothing: El's production on this one is the ideal midpoint between nodding to predecessors' tradition (Mantronix, Bomb Squad, Organized Noise) and his own crowd-moving futuristic abrasion, while both men on the mic are at their smack-talk peak. 18+. (Illustration by Nick Gazin)
Fri., July 19, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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