25 Jun 2020

Killer Mike: ‘I never thought in my lifetime I would see Confederate statues fall’

Run The Jewels – the American hip hop duo Killer Mike and EL-P – have a new album out, and it’s becoming one of the musical moments of 2020.

A fiery and powerful record – its full of anger, energy and politics.

One of the tracks refers to the 2014 killing of Eric Garner – gasping for air as New York police choked him to death.

The words “I can’t breathe” have been repeated at protests after the killing of George Floyd. And Killer Mike made an emotional speech afterwards that went viral.

I spoke to the duo last night. I was at home, Mike was in his car in Atlanta and EL-P in his studio in New York.