Los Angeles – Following the surprise digital release of Run The Jewels 3 on Christmas Day, Run The Jewels, the firebrand rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have announced that the second season of their acclaimed radio show WRTJ kicks off Friday, January 6 at 5pm EST (with encore broadcast Saturday at 11pm PST) on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station. On this week’s inaugural episode for the season the guys will be playing and talking about songs from RTJ3 and talking their usual, hilarious smack to each other; with more episodes to follow weekly on the same days and times. The show can be found here: apple.co/Beats1OnAir.
Due to overwhelming demand, the duo have also added a third New York City show at Terminal 5 on February 27 and have moved their February 8 Vancouver show to the larger PNE Forum. Tickets for Terminal 5 go on sale Friday, January 6 at 12pm ET and tickets for the PNE Forum will be available at 10am PST on January 4. Additionally, Nick Hook and Gangsta Boo will join previously announced special guests Gaslamp Killer and Cuz as support for the North American leg of the Run The World Tour, replacing Spark Master Tape who has had to drop off the tour. A full list of dates & additional information is available below.
The digital release of Run The Jewels 3, issued three weeks early on Christmas Day as a special surprise gift for their supporters, was met by seismic response from fans and media alike. The free download, and preorders for physical formats can be found at www.runthejewels.com, with physical editions set for release on January 13 in North America and on January 20 internationally. The group issued this statement in conjunction with the early digital release:
The surprise early release came paired with the premiere of the duo’s upcoming appearance on IFC’s cult favorite comedy show Portlandia. In the skit El-P and Killer Mike meet with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen to hilariously, and perhaps prophetically, discuss potential surprise album release strategies for Run The Jewels 3. Check it out here and watch its debut on IFC at 10pm on January 5th.
The new album expands on the relentless back & forth lyricism, indelible chemistry, humor & bombast that Killer Mike & El-P are known & loved for. The album was produced entirely by El-P, with co-production by Little Shalimar & Wilder Zoby. The duo are once again joined by a cadre of talented guests, including Danny Brown, Zack de la Rocha, Tunde Adebimpe (of TV On The Radio), Trina, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and more.
In the two year span between albums, Run The Jewels have transformed from underground stalwarts to a global rap juggernaut, spawning an international art movement (Tag The Jewels), several Marvel comic cover variants (including issues of Deadpool and Luke Cage among others), characters in a video game (Gears of War 4), their own Virtual Reality initiative (VRTJ), multiple awards & accolades (including Pitchfork’s 2014 album of the year, NME’s “Best Festival Band” & “Best International Band”, four A2IM Libera Awards, two UK Music Video Awards, and more), multiple television appearances (including a hilarious Halloween-themed sketch with Stephen Colbert this past October), plus a slate of sold out shows and high profile festival appearances.Their Run the World tour sets off on January 11th with a massive North American campaign, and worldwide dates to follow shortly after.