From comic book companies to presidential candidates, Run the Jewels have amassed fans from all walks of life. The latest to (hip) hop onto the RTJ bandwagon is none other than famed screen actor Johnny Depp. In a new interview series for charity network Chideo surrounding the upcoming Grammy Awards, Depp explains his appreciation for the music and message of Killer Mike and El-P.
“The beauty of what they do is that it is — I mean, it’s brilliant musically, it’s brilliant sonically,” Depp explains, “but the lyrics have a way of touching kids and making people think. Making people think about the day-to-day, and making people think about, ‘Hey, it’s just as easy to do something good as it is to do something bad.'”
He goes on to say that the timing of that message is extremely important. “It’s time really now in the world, really now, because it’s getting more and more unpleasant out there, it’s important now to pay attention to the generations coming up and to salute them and teach them the best that we can.”
“Run the Jewels is probably the best stuff I’ve listened to as of late,” he concludes. “And there’s a message, which is good.”
In the interview, Depp also talks about having Hollywood Vampires — his supergroup with Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan — performing at the Grammys, and how hearing Aerosmith’s “Dream On” led to his desire to play guitar. Watch the entire video below.