The Run The Jewels duo took to social media on Saturday (November 19) to share a glimpse of their Nike SB Dunk High sneakers which are set to hit stores on April 20, 2023 — which not only marks the annual counterculture holiday that celebrates cannabis, it’s also the same day as Mike’s 48th birthday.
“The rumors were true,” the duo tweeted alongside a photograph of them rocking the pink and black kicks — one with pink laces; the other with yellow — while throwing up the RTJ gun and fist hand signs.
In another post, Killer Mike shared a close-up of the new sneakers, with the left shoe featuring a gold replica of the RTJ fist; the right brandishing a gold RTJ gun hand sign. “Dropping on my Born Day #420 The @runjewels X @nikesb Collab! S/O #JewelRunners Wit’e! Wait till we tell the story of how it all came to be!” he captioned the pic.
— Run The Jewels (@runjewels) November 19, 2022
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) November 19, 2022
Run The Jewels are currently promoting their latest release, RTJ CU4TRO, a remixed version of RTJ4 with Latin artists Akapellah, Baco Exu Do Blues, the Mexican Institute of Sound, Sarah La Morena, Trooko and more.
Killer Mike is gearing up to release his first solo album in a decade, which he previewed in July with new single “Run” featuring Dave Chappelle and Young Thug. Released on Independence Day, the Dungeon Family rapper spoke to HipHopDX about why he chose to do so.
“The Fourth of July celebrates the founding of this Republic and the rejection of British tyranny through taxation,” he explained. “And the first person to die in the name of this great Republic was a man named Crispus Attucks, who was a son of an African father and a native mother, which by the one drop rule makes him a Black man.
“The first person to die on the behalf of America was a free Black man. True history is Crispus Attucks died for this country first. True history is if it had not been for cheap and free labor in the South, this country would not have become an economic dominator on the world stage in only 246 years. I wanted to make sure that was known on the day we celebrate this Republic.”
As for El-P, the former Company Flow rapper and producer reissued his solo albums, Fantastic Damage (2002), I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007), and Cancer for Cure (2012) earlier this year as a thank you to his fans.
“This is a thank you letter to everyone who has helped and allowed me to live my life doing the music and art i love,” he said in a statement at the time. “To everyone who has been moved in some way by what i do, to everyone who has been listening from the beginning, to those that stuck with me as i changed and grew and to everybody who’s just discovered the music.”