Run the Jewels Are Rapping EMTs in New Music Video

Kate Glicksberg

Run the Jewels photographed at Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL, July 21, 2013

When you listen to Run the Jewels' ferocious new album RTJ2, do you imagine bandmates Killer Mike and El-P as rapping, smoking-in-the-ambulance EMTs? They are, and they made a "Blockbuster Night Part 1" music video to prove it. This is how Run the Jewels parties on a warm Atlanta night, medical-style. There's a little graphic imagery for a quick moment, but the track's lyrics are surprisingly cleaned up:

Notice that cat in a tree, and Killer Mike dangling a bouncy little toy? That's a reference to Meow the Jewels, the Kickstarter-funded project that will feature RTJ2 remixed with cat sounds. "Honestly, I've just been bookmarking YouTube cat videos. I have no idea how I'm going to do this shit, but I'm going to figure it out," El-P recently told Billboard. "Cats are apparently popular on the Internet."

In late October, just before releasing RTJ2 online for free (despite having purchase-able packages on the group's website), a video of El-P auditioning cats for Meow the Jewels showed up online:


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