Beats, rhymes, and replicants: El-P, Gary Numan, and more on Blade Runner’s musical influence

According to WhoSampled, that endlessly useful resource for determining which artists should probably be sued, bits of Blade Runner have been paid homage to—and straight-up pilfered—more than 80 times in the past 35 years, turning up in works from everyone from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Rutger Hauer’s…

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El-P shares clip from "rejected or ignored" Blade Runner 2049 score pitch

As reported by Pitchfork, rapper El-P recently revealed to his Twitter followers that he wrote a score for a Blade Runner 2049 trailer that was “rejected (or ignored).” He says “they”—meaning the producers, presumably—reached out to him and asked him to make a sample, and he says he’s happy they did, but whatever he…

El-P’s Fantastic Damage turns 15 today—too bad you can’t find it anywhere

Today marks the 15th anniversary of El-P’s debut record Fantastic Damage, a bombed-out, paranoid masterpiece of underground hip-hop. If that’s got you feeling nostalgic, like you want to go and listen to it right now, sorry: The record has somehow been eaten by the internet. It’s one of those strange albums that’s not…

On RTJ3, Run The Jewels is here to rip everyone’s throats out

“You’re getting used to me doing no wrong,” El-P says midway through Run The Jewels 3’s first single “Legend Has It,” and he’s not kidding. Over the course of two decades, El’s been a sort of gravitational force for good in hip-hop, his industrial production seemingly refusing to age and his verses getting sharper…

Critics fire back at The New York Post’s takedown of firefighting rapper Ka

High-profile rappers have fired back at The New York Post, after the paper published an article yesterday “exposing” veteran FDNY fire captain Kaseem Ryan as the celebrated rapper Ka. (To be clear, people have known about Ka’s “double life” for years.) Ka—who raps in a growling, lyrically dense style, and who just…

Rapper El-P really likes Pokémon, no matter what anyone says about him

After a few days, Pokémon Go is still sweeping the nation and helping young people uncover dead bodies, but rapper El-P (half of Run The Jewels) simply doesn’t get it. As you probably know, the game involves using your phone’s camera and GPS to walk around the real world and catch virtual pocket monsters, meaning it…

Kevin Hart’s Run The Jewels movie isn’t about the rappers, but they’re still pissed

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter shared the news that Kevin Hart is going to produce a movie called Run The Jewels, about a band of failed rappers who make a career move into the lucrative, albeit less competitive, field of “[robbing] an eccentric hip-hop mogul.” You’d be forgiven if you read that headline and…

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