12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Killer Mike and El-P's second full-length collaboration channels unfiltered aggression into gleefully abrasive beats and furious, whip-smart raps about serious topics: "Lie, Cheat, Steal" (power), "Crown" (cocaine), and "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F**k)" (prison). They have their share of fun, though, often in the act of rapping itself: Lurching, stuttering behemoth “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” is an absolute clinic in flow. But Mike and El are angry—at American politicians, organized religion, systemic injustice, and garden-variety jerks. “Early” is a harrowing portrayal of police brutality, trembling with rage.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Killer Mike and El-P's second full-length collaboration channels unfiltered aggression into gleefully abrasive beats and furious, whip-smart raps about serious topics: "Lie, Cheat, Steal" (power), "Crown" (cocaine), and "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F**k)" (prison). They have their share of fun, though, often in the act of rapping itself: Lurching, stuttering behemoth “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” is an absolute clinic in flow. But Mike and El are angry—at American politicians, organized religion, systemic injustice, and garden-variety jerks. “Early” is a harrowing portrayal of police brutality, trembling with rage.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

468 Ratings

Better than RTJ 1

MikeAPerry,

If you listen to this album at home make sure you have everything in a safe place. Anything that you value but it in a box. This album will make you want to do karate, it will increase hormone levels at 83% minimum. If you listen to this in a car make sure you have a full tank of gas because you will want to drive fast to give the cops a reason to chase you just so you can drive even faster. Better than RTJ 1. Cop the digital, vinyl and CD. Matter of fact name your 1st - 4th born Run the Jewels 2.

Better than U2

tim-dog420,

Its at the point where i have to accept that fact that Run The Jewels is not going to Ice Bucket challenge me.

About Run The Jewels

A one-off project that quickly evolved into a hip-hop superduo, Run the Jewels feature rappers El-P and Killer Mike. Formed after El-P produced Killer Mike's 2012 album, R.A.P. Music, the duo released Run the Jewels in 2013, an album credited to Killer Mike and El-P and released on Fool's Gold. Critically popular and with a sizable fan base to boot, Run the Jewels quickly evolved into a going concern when their sophomore effort, RTJ2, landed in 2014. A crowdfunded remix version of the album with all the music replaced by samples of cats was released in 2015 as Meow the Jewels. It featured guest appearances from Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Dan the Automator, and Internet sensation Lil Bub. The group ended the year with the single "Rubble Kings (Dynamite on the Street)," released by the Adult Swim label. In 2016, the duo announced RTJ3, which was set for release in early 2017. However, on Christmas Eve 2016, they unexpectedly uploaded the album as another free download. Featuring appearances by Joi, Trina, Boots, Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe, Kamasi Washington, and the return of Zack de la Rocha, RTJ3 debuted in the Billboard Top 40 and at number eight on the R&B/hip-hop chart. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

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