At least by Run the Jewels’ prolific standards, El-P and Killer Mike have been relatively quiet since September’s release of their feline-centric magnum opus Meow the Jewels, a Kickstarter-backed remix album that featured the duo rapping over samples of cats. They haven’t been totally silent, though. In October, they shared a new Run the Jewels track called “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)” as part of Adult Swim’s 2015 Singles Program.
The track will appear on the companion album for the documentary Rubble Kings, which chronicles the plight of New York City street gangs in the early 1970s. Though the documentary hit theaters and VOD back in June, the album is set to drop January 15th via Mass Appeal. In addition to “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)”, Rubble Kings: The Album features tracks from Ghostface Killah, Bun B, and TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. Little Shalimar, who scored the film, produced the album and contributed a handful of his own compositions.
Run the Jewels have also shared an animated video for their track, which you can check out below. Overseen by Shawn Nicholson (the director behind Rubble Kings), the video takes place within the same ravaged urban landscapes that the film characterizes in depth.
In a press release, Nicholson explained that the video “was inspired by the Rubble Kings documentary and the works of the great Ralph Bakshi. [It] depicts a story of street justice in the turbulent streets of the 1970’s South Bronx.” Watch below.
Rubble Kings: The Album Artwork:
Rubble Kings: The Album Track List:
01. Little Shalimar – “War”
02. Bun B, Killer Mike & Cuz Lightyear – “Savage Habits”
03. Mr. Muthaf*in eXquire – “Warrior Thing”
04. King Mono – “Bouncy 3”
05. Little Shalimar – “The Revolution Might Be Televised”
06. Ka – “Delaney Card”
07. Little Shalimar – Edge of The Edge (Instrumental)”
08. Run the Jewels – “Rubble Kings (Dynamite)”
09. Little Shalimar – “Partytime (Jitter Buggin)”
10. Little Shalimar – “Comes With The Territory”
11. Ghostface Killah, Boldy James, Mr. Muthaf*in eXquire – “Same Damn Thing”
12. Little Shalimar – “The Piano District (Gentrification Boogie)”
13. Roxiny & Tunde Adebimpe – “Phoenix”
Rubble Kings Trailer: