Run the Jewels’ masterful, furious new album, RTJ4, instantly became one of the most acclaimed releases of the year, and its themes couldn’t be more timely. The new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast features Jamil Smith’s revealing, wide-ranging conversation with the duo’s Killer Mike about everything from confronting the racism of American policing as the son of a cop to the spirituality embedded in Run the Jewels’ music to the nature of Killer Mike and El-P’s partnership to his fervent support for Bernie Sanders. “I’m happy that this time, we landed right on time so our music can be the soundtrack to progress,” Killer Mike says.
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