Run The Jewels, album of the year? We asked Trackstar the DJ.

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I keep hearing the words Album of the Year behind the words Run The Jewels, not from The Recording Industry Association of America, but from people who actually know what’s up, Rap fans.  Indy Music site among others, recently named  EL-P & Killer Mike’s a.k.a. Run The Jewels smash hit album of the same name 2013’s Fan Choice Album of the Year.  After readers voted online the album snatched 45% of the votes winning a land slide victory over the likes of Kayne, Jay-Z, Drake and Pusha-T.  I couldn’t agree more.  If you haven’t heard it, do that as soon as possible.  The group released it as a free download from  Fools Gold Records which was founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs and is home to Danny Brown, The Cool Kids and Chromeo.  Run The Jewels Dj Trackstar had this to say about this prestigious honor.”

Hensley – How do you feel about Run The Jewels being called album of the year?

DJ Trackstar – “Obviously, I agree–it was clearly the album of the year and everyone who said so is very smart. Honestly though it’s a beautiful thing when the public and press both react to something that was truly made organically and isn’t pushed by a traditional big record label, and we are very grateful for all the honors and accolades. It’s amazing for me personally to be a part of something that is such a big part of the current hip hop landscape–growing up as a Rap Fan ( < Trackstar’s web store check it), I never imagined I’d be involved in anything of this magnitude, all I wanted to do was be a part of the local scene and do cool rap shit.”

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Describe the Run The Jewel movement from your perspective?

“It’s really a perfect storm of two dudes who genuinely love each other and what they do, and who happen to be among the best ever at what they do. They both have unique, independent personalities that fans look up to and relate to, and they balance each other out and work together well–that comes across onstage and on the records.”

What’s it like producing music with a genius like El-p?

“I haven’t actually produced music with him–I added scratches to Job Well Done on the album, but over e-mail as opposed to in the studio because I was on tour with Mike and Big Boi at the time–but I’ve been listening to El since the 90s so it’s amazing to get a chance to watch him work. This week I’m going to be at some of the recording sessions for RTJ2 so I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

You have also been rocking with Tef Poe for a while now can we get another mixtape?

“Anytime. So far we’ve done Money Never Sleeps in 2010, Power Over Everything in 2011, and both Hero Killer and the David Ruffin Theory collabo with Rockwell Knuckles in 2013 (plus he hosted one of my last Boogie Bang mixtapes a few years ago), but I’m always down for another.”

Yo, they got my vote I’ve been bumpin this album for months. It’s an instant classic if I’ve ever heard one. There is also a string of epic videos already released and it was available on vinyl for a hot second (A-trak press up more copies please!) One of my favorite appearances from the group is DJ Trackstar’s El-p/Killer Mike mix session from Boiler Room TV that includes a sneak preview of the then unreleased Run the Jewels track Pew Pew Pew! Peep Game – Hensley




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