Run The Jewels are uniquely skilled at conjuring ridiculous amounts of havoc and bravado from a surprisingly minimalist approach. The duo apply this talent in the new video for “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”, the second single from their year-end-list-topping LP, RTJ2. Like the production on the track, the video gives El-P and Killer Mike room to display their prowess, a pulpit from which to preach. El’s beat for this track sure is a wild ride, but at its core it’s really quite sparse: the dry, quick snare, that stomach-churning kick, and the chopped voices skittering on top. The dense and incendiary verses really get the spotlight with it writhing underneath them like that. The visuals work in much the same way, framing the pair as they deliver each blow. Forgoing any narrative, we get only a dark room, intermittent flashes of light and color, and distorted nude bodies blurring by…and of course El and Mike flat out laying waste.
Run the Jewels drops a bonus track from their recently released–and very awesome–sophomore album, Run The Jewels 2. It seems to be the second part of the album cut “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1,” and features guest verses from Despot and Ratking member Wiki.
It’s a hot track. The beat’s got a heavy, stuttering groove, and some strangely noisy DJ cuts, too–if those sounds at 1:15 even are DJ cuts. El-P and Killer Mike are great as usual, and the guest verses match the tone of the song really well.
If you’re digging on this, grab a copy of the new Run The Jewels album over here.
El-P and Killer Mike team up for an even more ambitious Run the Jewels record!
The previously praised Run The Jewels have a new full-length album on the way, and I couldn’t be more psyched after the release of this new track featuring none other than Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine.
In case you’re unaware, Run The Jewels is a hip hop duo consisting of Georgia rapper Killer Mike and New York rapper-producer El-P. After collaborating heavily on Killer Mike’s last full-length, El and Mike decided to take it a step further and solidify themselves as a duo, which they christened with a free full-length album last year.
Ever since, fans have been waiting for the followup, and RTJ isn’t gonna make us wait too long for it. The duo’s second album, RTJ2, is dropping on October 28th via Mass Appeal, and this newly released track is the best taster from the forthcoming project thus far. The instrumental is one of the most massive El-P has dropped since R.A.P. Music, and it’s great to her Zach on point once again–you know, since his recent appearance on the Deltron 3030 followup was somewhat lackluster. Zack’s Bitches Brew line was nasty, and El and Mike are sounding great as usual.
Looking forward to this!
Check out this new music video Killer Mike made for R.A.P. Music cut “Ghetto Gospel.” Seeing a Bible-wielding, glasses-clad Killer Mike in his best Church clothes was something I really would’ve appreciated back in 2012, but better late than never!
A gentle reminder that R.A.P. Music was a pretty stellar LP:
A collaborative review of the new, self-titled Run The Jewels album, which is newly formed–uh, somewhat–duo of El-P and Killer Mike.
WATCH THE REVIEW
Download: Run The Jewels – Self-Titled
Interestingly enough, one of 2013′s best hip hop albums came from one of that year’s oddest pairings as well: El-P and Killer Mike. R.A.P. music was an all-out assault with El-P’s bold production, and Mike’s hefty voice and conscious lyrics.
Though the project was unexpected, the energy between these two guys was too great to ignore. That much is obvious since Jamie and Mike have reconvened under the name Run The Jewels for a new collection of tracks that are out now on Fool’s Gold, and downloadable via the link above.
If you’re the physical type, CDs and vinyl are available for this release as well. Either way, I’m sure you wanna hear this thing ASAP. Hit that link! What are you waiting for?
Check a review for R.A.P. Music below:
An eerie fusion of electronic music and hip hop on this new track from When Saints Go Machine, “Love and Respect,” which is a cut from the Danish quartet’s new album, Infinity Pool. It’s dropping this week via EMI Records and !K7 Records.
A veritable political hip hop pow wow takes place on”WAVIP,” the latest track to drop from the Coup’s forthcoming LP, Sorry to Bother You. Featuring the forceful flow of Killer Mike, the musings of Kool A.D. and Heems of Das Racist, and of course, the drawl of Boots Riley, the track functions on two levels. Lyrically, the emcees spit populist mantras (e.g. Riley suggests the residents of Whoville take revenge on the Grinch by slitting his throat), shifting in tone with each pass of the mic. Musically, the beat serves to lighten the track, buoying the song from getting excessively weighty with its dirty, funky synth and punchy drums. Creating a politically-charged song that doesn’t drown in its own sentiment is a difficult task, but the Coup succeed with fine guest emcees who stay on topic.