The Acts of 80/35: Rap & Hip Hop

May 11, 2015

Run the Jewels is a collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike that has been described as "uncomprisingly raw and forward-thinking" and has earned accolades from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, New York Times and more. They released their critically-acclaimed album "RTJ2" back in November and are releasing a traditional remix album which will be released this year. Also, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Run the Jewels are releasing a remix  of "RTJ2" using only cat sounds called "Meow the Jewels". All proceeds from the album will benefit families of those who have lost their lives to police brutality this year as well as charities that help neglected animals. 

Talib Kweli​ is a Brooklyn-based rapper known for his socially conscious lyrics and activism. He is releasing his new album "Radio Silence" this year. He travels around the world and is one of rap's most in-demand performers and often works with political activists. Talib supports causes involving police brutality, racial stereotypes and political prisoners and often speaks to inner-city high school and college students.

Rome Fortune is an independent hip-hop artist from Atlanta who was discovered by the media for his 2013 "Beautiful Pimp" mixtape. His recent works include his "Small VVorld" LP produced by the likes of Bassnectar, Blood Diamonds, Four Tet and SuicideYear along with his latest full-length album "Drives, Thighs, & Lies". Rome Fortune also recently released his 2015 EP "Yep" with another Atlanta artist OG Maco.