El-P talks Run DMC, Run the Jewels, and creating in New York.

How Run the Jewels’ El-P Got Kicked Out of High School

How Run the Jewels’ El-P Got Kicked Out of High School

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June 13 2017 7:00 AM

El-P on Getting Kicked Out of School, Late-in-Life Success, and Run the Jewels

The producer and rapper talks about his music and growing up in New York.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.
El-P of Run the Jewels performs onstage at the Panorama NYC Festival on July 24 in New York City.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images.

Brian Koppelman is joined by El-P to discuss his musical development and growing up in New York City. El-P is best known as one-half of Run the Jewels, but he has been producing and rapping for decades, first as part of Company Flow and then as a solo artist and producer on albums such as Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein, Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music, and his solo albums Fantastic Damage and Cancer 4 Cure. They discuss how El-P got into hip-hop, high-school delinquency, achieving massive success, and finding his place in music.

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Podcast production by Benjamin Frisch.

Brian Koppelman is a filmmaker (Rounders, Solitary Man), essayist, and podcaster. His latest project is the upcoming Showtime series Billions.