Independent hip-hop icons Killer Mike and El-P have turned out to be quite the inspired pairing, starting with the former’s 2012 El-P-produced R.A.P. Music album and continuing through last year’s incredible full-length collaboration, Run the Jewels. On Thursday, the duo announced the highly anticipated follow up to that album and shared the new song “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” which you can stream on Soundcloud.
Entitled RTJ2 (naturally), Run the Jewels’ new album will be out on Oct. 28. Unlike their debut, which was available as a free download from Fool’s Gold Records, RTJ2 will get a physical release in the U.S., this time from Nas’ imprint Mass Appeal.
The new album also looks to feature a couple of high-profile guests. As previously teased on social media, Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha and Blink-182’s Travis Barker will appear on RTJ2, which Killer Mike recently told Rolling Stone will be “much darker and much harder” than the group’s first album.
Killer Mike has also been in the news recently for a powerful op-ed he wrote in Billboard about the crisis sparked by Michael Brown's shooting at the hands of the police in Ferguson, MO. On Wednesday, he stopped by “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin” to expound on his feelings about the issue, particularly as the son of a policeman. It’s a tremendous interview that once again proves why Killer Mike is among the most politically insightful rappers working today. Watch it above.
Run the Jewels’ summer tour dates are coming to a close, with an appearance at the Mad Decent Block Party in Denver tomorrow, Aug. 22, followed by a set at FYF Fest in L.A. on Saturday. Another new Run the Jewels song will be released as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series on Sept. 15.