The Great ACL Fest Debate: Is rap duo Run the Jewels overrated?

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Over the past few years rap duo Run the Jewels has become the unlikely breakout of the decade. Their aggressive rhyme style and feline-friendly internet antics have made them one of the biggest hip-hop acts around, but do they deserve the acclaim? Team 360 is split on the matter with contributors Ramon Ramirez and Chad Swiatecki taking polar opposite positions.

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On Sunday at noon they will duke it out in a Facebook Live debate moderated by yours truly. Here are their opening position statements:

Chad Swiatecki: I’m not saying Killer Mike and El-P are proof that mankind is still evolving to a higher level of intellect and communication… wait, actually, yes I am.

Ramon Ramirez: Run the Jewels should not be here. But three albums and four years into ACL sets, the cagey duo of southern icon Killer Mike and aggro contrarian El-P are still posturing in denim jackets. It’s repellant rap music for tatted dudes who work in front of MacBooks, mean and nostalgic in the worst way. People like the familiar stylings, but it’s reverse-engineered noise. I don’t like their art, and neither should you.

Tune in Sunday, to see who takes the trophy in what is sure to be a spirited conversation.

Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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