Prior to photographing Run the Jewels at the 2014 Outside Lands Festival I had no idea that Killer Mike and El-P had been collaborating in a ‘super-group.’ Apparently they’d been doing it for a little while now, and in mid 2013 even released a self title debut record. I’ve photographed each of them individually over the years at various hip hop festivals, and while they are not the most exciting to shoot, they are each pretty great MC’s and Run the Jewels is an exciting collaboration.
Over the last few months the duo has been getting massive attention and hype. Their recent album Run the Jewels 2 is being hyped as one of the best of the year, and their appeal is certainly cross genre. Drummer Spencer Tweedy – son (and bandmate) of Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy recently wrote a blog post in which he hailed the new album as a masterpiece (and in the same post called Neil Young an ‘out of touch mother-fucker).
I found a deeper respect for Run the Jewels after I heard about El-P’s run in with a grouchy Mark Kozelek at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and subsequent leading their fans in a ‘Fuck You Sun Kil Moon’ chant. Punk as fuck.
Below is a set list from this Outside Lands festival performance on August 9th, 2014 in Golden Gate Park, CA.
We Are the Champions
Run the Jewels
Job Well Done
Tougher Colder Killer
(Killer Mike song)
No Come Down
A Christmas Fucking Miracle