PICS: Run the Jewels at the Observatory

"Blockbuster Night," indeed: Run the Jewels ran rampant over the Observatory North Park on Dec. 10.

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Originally slated to perform at night one of 91x's Wrex the Halls on Dec. 8, the group booked their own headlining show two nights later in North Park.
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The rap duo, which some would call a supergroup, consists of Killer Mike (left) and El-P (right).
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Killer Mike (pictured, born Michael Render) made his rap debut on “Snappin’ and Trappin’” from Outkast’s 2000 landmark record, “Stankonia.” He’s released five full-length solo records and won a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group for his appearance on the 2003 Outkast track, “The Whole World.”
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El-P (pictured, born Jaime Meline) was an original member of Company Flow, co-founder and owner of the Definitive Jux record label, member of the Weathermen, and has produced several notable underground rappers like Aesop Rock, Murs, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Atmosphere, Das Racist, and many others.
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The two met when Killer Mike was introduced to El-P by Cartoon Network executive Jason DeMarco in 2011. The following year, El-P produced Killer Mike’s album, “R.A.P. Music.”
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Killer Mike then guested on El-P’s track, “Tougher Colder Killer” from his 2012 “Cancer 4 Cure” album. The two then decided to tour together, and its success led to the decision to join forces as Run the Jewels. It’s been non-stop hits ever since.
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The two released their debut self-titled album on June 26, 2013.
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Always at work, the duo’s “Run the Jewels 2” album followed in October of 2014.
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A humorous remix album entitled “Meow the Jewels” was released in 2015, and featured the group’s songs composed with cat sounds. Guest production included Prince Paul, Boots, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, the Alchemist, Just Blaze and others.
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Run the Jewels released their third album, aptly titled “Run the Jewels 3” as a free download on Dec. 24, 2016. It was released physically on Jan. 13 in the U.S. and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. R&B and Rap charts.
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The group’s signature “fist and gun” gesture has become a calling card for fans, as its been featured as the cover art for all three of their studio albums in different variations.
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They made a cryptic post recently advising fans to check out their website on Dec. 15 for a surprise -- could it be "Run the Jewels 4"? I guess we'll find out!
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