Run The Jewels, made up of the dynamic duo Killer Mike and El-P, have made as much of a reputation for themselves as political commentators, as they have for being one of the best rap groups in the world. Killer Mike in particular has repeatedly been a loud, proud voice in the media commentary of racially-charged events in the USA. Last year, Run The Jewels were set to perform in St Louis at the time of the Ferguson riots, incited by the news that policeman Darren Wilson was to receive no further punishment for the death of Michael Brown. Immortalised on video, Mike delivered a passionate, rousing speech to his audience.
It is now a full year since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident led to an extensive series of devastating riots and further violence throughout the United States. Other hip hop artists including Talib Kweli and Kendrick Lamar have also been vocal about these events, both in their music and in the media.