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UPDATE: Run the Jewels Releases ‘RTJ4’ 2 Days Early

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As 2018 draws to a close, we’re starting to mentally catalog projects that we’re looking forward to in 2019. Run The Jewels 4 is somewhere near the top of that list. El-P rebooted his Instagram yesterday, and the very first post announces that he and Killer Mike are working on new music that will see the light of day next year. We can’t wait.

UPDATE 06.03.20: The world needs this right now. Stream RTJ4 below, and download it here.

UPDATE 05.27.20: In a fitting climax to the hype leading up to next week’s release. The New York Times dropped a piece on Killer Mike and El-P, and the process behind creating the new album.

Though they meticulously worked to get the record — which also features Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Josh Homme and DJ Premier — just right, they never considered postponing its release over the pandemic. There is something bittersweet in acknowledging that three-and-a-half years after recording your blue album, things have only gotten bluer. But if protest music cannot force the perpetrators of injustice and inequality from power, it can serve as a galvanizing reminder that millions of people feel just as you do, and are burning for change.

Click here to read the entire piece.

UPDATE 05.12.20: It’s official. RTJ4 is dropping on June 5. Check the cover art and tracklist below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAF_6glAFUg/

UPDATE 04.27.20: As far as we’re concered, it’s officially RTJ season. The duo just dropped an incredibly dope visual for “Ooh LA LA” via its YouTube channel. The release of RTJ4 must be imminent. Check the new video above.

Update 03.25.20: It’s about that time; and what a time it is! Mike and El have begun releasing tracks from RTJ4, meaning that the album will likely be a fitting soundtrack to the current global pandemic. Listen to “Ooh La La” and “Yankee and the Brave (ep.4)” above.

UPDATE 03.05.20: It’s hard to believe that we’ve been anticipating the release of RTJ4 for over a year now. Time has been flying by. After seeing Mike and EL perform at Max Fish a few months back, we’re anticipating their forthcoming album more than ever. The duo sat down with Rick Rubin earlier this week for an episode of his Broken Record podcast. They reveal a bit more about what to expect from RTJ4; and we couldn’t be more thrilled to find out that Rubin has a hand in the production. We’ve embedded the interview up top. At this point, it seems like the album will be out by summer.

UPDATE 03.25.19: Killer Mike’s latest IG post is another reminder that he and El-P are currently in the studio working on Run the Jewels 4. For us, the location is just as exciting as the message. If you know, you know.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvasWskgDd8/

UPDATE 02.08.19: While El-P has since deleted his Instagram post announcing RTJ4, Killer Mike confirms that the album should be out by this summer at the start his new interview with Hot 97.

I got the first beats; and I’ve already started running around freestyling to it. We’ll start recording probably in the next couple of weeks. And El said it will probably be [out] by the summer.

Watch the full interview below.

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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Skater Lisa Whitaker narrated how she started Meow Skateboards in this episode of “Good Work”.

She also related how she got introduced to skateboarding and how she founded Girls Skate Network in 2003.

Whitaker started her skateboard company in 2012. Now, Meow has more than a dozen talents including Vanessa Torres, Mariah Duran and Kristin Ebeling.

“Lisa has always been the catalyst for women skateboarding”, says Torres who was one of the first skaters to join Meow’s roster.

Produced by Red Bull, the Good Work series features skater-owned and operated businesses.

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Monster Energy’s Aspire-Inspire Episode Features Mami Tezuka

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Get to know more about Mami Tezuka in this episode of Aspire-Inspire by Monster Energy.

Surrounded by skaters growing up, Mami showed interest in skateboarding at around the age of three.

She started participating in competitions abroad in 2017. In 2021, she won silver in the X Games Women’s Skateboarding part. She landed third place in X Games Chiba 2022.

Fellow Monster Energy rider and friend Lizzie Armanto describes Mami as easy-going, fun to be around, and inspiring. “When I’m around her, I want to push myself better,”

Tezuka admits that she enjoys filming video parts more enjoyable than participating in contests.

“Competition is kind of stressful for me”, Mami said. But added that she does enjoy seeing everyone at contests.

“Filming part is more fun for me…it doesn’t to be hard, tricky trick, but you can see the style and progress of the skating”, explained Mami.

I want to inspire girl skaters and young people. Do what you love and then don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoefler, Rune Glifberg, Ayumu Hirano, Nyjah Huston, and Matt Berger.

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The Nine Club Features Elliot Sloan

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Elliot Sloan narrated how he injured his neck while doing a 900 and his other worst slams on the ramp in this episode of The Nine Club podcast.

He also talked about getting into vert and then mega ramp, building his own vert and mini mega ramp in his own backyard, and hosting the X Games in his backyard among other things in the two-hour podcast.

Sloan is a four-time X Games Big Air gold medalist. In the recent X Games held in his backyard, he landed second place in the debut of the Mega Ramp category and first in the Skateboard Vert Best Trick.

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