The reaction to the recent news of Marvel’s Howard The Duck #2 & Deadpool #45 getting Run The Jewels themed variant covers formed a wide array of reactions from “huh?” to “who?” to “YEAAAAAHHHHH” While you can count this writer to be firmly in the latter camp I can understand if some of you were in the former for the lack of familiarity with the group. Rap has always been tangentially connected to comics in a lot of ways. The most obvious is Wu-Tang Clan and especially member Ghostface Killah who has taken on the Iron Man/Tony Starks persona going as far back as his debut album but there is also Kanye West who was studying to be a comics artist before dropping out of college to do the rap artist thing full time, Jay-Z who named his comeback album and based it’s concept around Mark Waid & Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come or MF Doom who has based his entire rap persona around Dr. Doom and like those other acts the members of Run The Jewels have been connected to comics and geek culture from writer Phillip K Dick being a primary influence on the music itself to having Adult Swim be the inception of the group and more. Consider this your unofficial guide to the group, why they are being featured on the cover of two Marvel, why they are important and what that means politically.
Who are Run The Jewels?
Run The Jewels is a rap group with two forty year old men. One is a white guy from Brooklyn named El-P and the other is a black male from Atlanta named Killer Mike. They released their second album, Run The Jewels 2 in 2014 to universal critical acclaim and love from their loyal fan base.
Wait they are 40 year old rappers?
And they’ve only released two albums?
Yup and how they ended up at this point is a whole other story in itself.
Yeah will get there
Oh do tell?