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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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