Run The Jewels discuss incoming US President Donald Trump and their new album, Run The Jewels 3, in the new issue of Uncut, dated March 2017 and out now.
Rapper and producer El-P explains that their third record was inspired by the “darkness” of 2016, and as a result its content became more overtly political.
“It was not [deliberate],” he tells Uncut. “But hey, we made the record in 2016 so I suppose there was no escaping the darkness and conflict of the heart seeping in a bit.”
Asked whether the Trump era will change the way musicians behave, El-P says: “Fuck if I know. But me and [Killer] Mike didn’t write this [album] in response to Trump per se. Assholes come and go, but the imbalance of power and abuse of the meek stays. We are going to continue to say and feel exactly what we please while smoking potentially dangerous amounts of weed.”
Run The Jewels 3 – which features Zack De La Rocha, Kamasi Washington, Boots and Danny Brown – is reviewed at length in the new issue of Uncut, out now.
The March 2017 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring our cover story on The 101 Weirdest Albums Of All Time. Elsewhere in the issue, Ryan Adams tells us about his new album, Greg Lake (in one of his last interviews) remembers Emerson Lake & Palmer, and our free CD collects great new tracks from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Duke Garwood, The Necks and more. The issue also features Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle on his best recorded work. Plus Michael Chapman, Buzzcocks, Rick Parfitt, Paul Weller & Robert Wyatt, John Waters, St Paul & The Broken Bones, Tinariwen, Dirty Projectors, Cream, Lift To Experience, New Order and more, plus 131 reviews