In an oh-so embattled sit-down on The Combat Jack Show, Killer Mike and El-P had an irreverent discussion on a wide range of conspiracy theories. The Run The Jewels duo, tackled everything from the military industrial complex to the institutionalized slavery of America’s prison population to the obligation of artists to their communities in conveying a relevant portrayal of these schemes as they are. As our culture stands, hip-hop’s full of illuminati proponents, but that really only applies to the most powerful entities within the community itself. The duo approaches the duty of the hip-hop community to be both a buffer and an advocate for their communities.
“A lot of times our messages are in our music, but because the beat and the grooves are so dope people miss it. I think that we owe the audience at this point.” – Killer Mike
It is entirely a different matter, and wholly refreshing, to see two artists tackle a dialogue discussing inequality on the meta level and the ways techno-political regimes effect us on personal and governmental levels. Going in on virtually everyone from President Obama to the prop specialists on the show itself, the duo describes the the prophetic nature of El-P’s “Drones Over Brooklyn”, and how the track is perceived as borderline science fiction, when in reality drones are being flown over various major metropolitan areas all over the country. El-P claims this to be the inception point for what he sees an inevitable police state, propagating a neo-fascist regime. Wherever you stand on the slew of technocratic issues, the interview is absolutely worth a gander below.