On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with musician, rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and icon of the underground, El-P. They dig into a wide range of subjects — including El-P’s signature “noisy” production style, how Run The Jewels with Killer Mike came into existence, Zack De La Rocha living at El-P’s house after Rage Against The Machine broke up, and what led to the breakup of El-P’s own group, Company Flow, around the same time.
Later Talib and El-P trade their stories on how they got signed to Rawkus Records — the mecca of the underground scene in the late 90’s. El-P also opens up about his song “Last Good Sleep,” which outlines his own experiences dealing with domestic violence as a child. His record label Def Jux is also discussed, as well as what we can expect for his up and coming album “Run The Jewels 4” with Killer Mike.
The whole interview is filled with moments that are insightful, introspective, and often hilarious. (You have to see El-P’s Björk joke.)