Run the Jewels Sharing New LP for Free After Killer Mike Begs Atlanta Protestors "Not to Burn Your Own House Down"
Run the Jewels' Killer Mike went viral this past weekend after making an impassioned plea to looters and violent protestors in his hometown of Atlanta. "I am duty-bound to be here to simply say that it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy," the rapper said Friday while speaking at Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' press briefing. "It is your duty to fortify your own house so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization and now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize." Killer Mike began his address by tearfully admitting, "I didn't want to come and I don't want to be here...I watched a white officer assassinate a black man. And I know that tore your heart out and I know it's crippling and I have nothing positive to say in this moment." He added, "I'm mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I am tired of seeing black men die. We want to see the system that sets up for systemic racism burned to the ground."
Meanwhile, the other half of Run the Jewels followed Killer Mike's words by announcing that their new album will be available for free when it drops this coming Friday. "We got bangers to help you lose yourself and smile and we got s**t that comes from the deepest places in our hearts," El-P wrote on Instagram about RTJ4. "When it drops on Friday, it will not only be for sale, but it will be made available for FREE for ANYONE who wants some music." He added, "I don’t have s**t left to say right now that me and my brother Killer Mike don’t express on this album... For me, this is the only way I really know how to contribute to the human struggle and experience beyond just trying to be kind and aware and grow." He ended his post by telling fans, "I love you and I hope this music does something for you in these f**ked-up times." RTJ4 is expected to include 11 tracks, including the previously released singles "Yankee and the Brave" and "Ooh La La." The album will also feature guest appearances from Rage Against the Machine's Zack de La Rocha, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and Mavis Staples. It's Run the Jewels' first full-length since Run the Jewels 3 dropped in late 2016.