Killer Mike (left) and El-P of Run the Jewels. Photo: Timothy Saccent

Killer Mike and El-P release ‘Run The Jewels 4’ album early as free download

[Update 6/3: Run the Jewels have released their new album two days early. It can be streamed or downloaded for free here. The duo has also provided a list of organizations that are “fighting for justice, change and equity in America,” such as the National Lawyers Guild. Click to view the full list.]

The day after his musical partner Killer Mike made an impassioned plea to the city of Atlanta to “come up with real solutions” in the midst of destructive looting and rioting, Run the Jewels’ other half, El-P, told fans the duo’s new album would be available for free.

“Run the Jewels 4,” the anticipated new release from the lyrically bold hip-hop duo, arrives June 5.

In his Instagram post announcing that the music will be gratis, El-P also said, “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. it’s the only weapon i’m truly trained in and i’m grateful to have it. so no more talk from me until the music drops...

this ain’t an advertisement this is just me saying i love you and i hope this music does something for you in these ****** up times.”

Killer Mike responded to the post with pride. 

“Standing up in my room crying and clapping! Absolutely!,” he wrote.

>> FULL TEXT: Read Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ plea for her city

Following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Killer Mike released lyrics to "Walking In The Snow,” a song on the new album written prior to Floyd’s death: 

"And every day on the evening news they feed you fear for free, and you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me/ And 'til my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, "I can't breathe" and you sit there in the house on couch and watch it on TV/The most you give's a Twitter rant and call it a tragedy."

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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