Kill Your Masters
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Kill Your Masters

Run The Jewels and the World That Made Them

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Pages: 264

Illustrations: 7 b&w photographs

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 12/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6782-8

List Price: $28.95

eBook

Pub Date: 12/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6780-4

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eBook

Pub Date: 12/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6781-1

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Hardcover

Pub Date: 12/01/2024

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6783-5

List Price: $119.95

Kill Your Masters

Run The Jewels and the World That Made Them

How two rappers shaped global pop culture by speaking their minds

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All the unwritten rules of rap say it doesn’t happen like this. Yet Killer Mike, a Black man from Atlanta, Georgia, and El-P, a white man from Brooklyn, New York, have transformed what should have been the twilight of their careers as rappers into their biggest spotlight yet. Known as the hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, they have headlined festivals worldwide, become action figures and Marvel comic book characters, spearheaded a worldwide countercultural movement, and played a significant role in the last two presidential elections.

This is the buddy-movie-like story of how they got there. It is a tale that parallels the incredible changes the music industry has gone through over the past twenty-five years—charting a course from the highs around the turn of the century to the collapse of the CD format and the eventual rise of streaming media—while also mapping the evolution of both pop culture and its sociopolitical climate. From the surging popularity of afrofuturism and the fall of the Twin Towers to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the kneeling of Colin Kaepernick, such events all tie into how their budding bromance transformed Killer Mike and El-P from solo artists in underground hip-hop to pop cultural icons recognized all over the globe.

Kill Your Masters admirably engages with the historical and cultural contexts of Run The Jewels and their moment as they blend distinctive styles together in a cacophonous-yet-harmonic soundtrack to an equally polyphonic/rhythmic world.

—Charles L. Hughes, author of Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South

About the Author/Editor

JAAP VAN DER DOELEN is a journalist whose writing has appeared in Wax Poetics, Mass Appeal, Complex, DJBooth, Passion of the Weiss, SAM (Street and More), and Hiphop in je Smoel. He also reports on culture and sports in Dutch newspapers like Algemeen Dagblad, Eindhovens Dagblad, and Brabants Dagblad. He lives in the Netherlands.