This shit right here… is my favorite rap album of 2013. Run The Jewels.
- The unlikely pairing of El-P and Killer Mike.
- One producer (El-P). Sounds consistent and refreshing.
- It sounds easy and natural. Like these 2 were meant to naturally make this album
- Ironic, over the top, serious/funny vibe and dark humor
I’ve been a fan of El-P’s stuff for a while, but I’ve never got into or actually even heard Killer Mike before prior to this. I thought I would hate his portion of this project, but I was so wrong. These 2 work together great in a “how did this happen?” or a “where did this come from?” kind of way. For me, this album is solid from front to back and it completely worked for me upon first listen, which usually never happens. I had no real preconceived notions about it going in except curiosity. I almost can’t shut up about this album.
I realize that a project like Run The Jewels is not easily digestible in the grand scheme of hip hop’s landscape, but it’s an album that you can really dig into and pick up something new from each time. It literally blows me away. I’ve seen Run The Jewels get lots of love and its been showing up on year end lists, and that makes me happy.
Oh yeah… and that artwork!
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