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9/10 Anthony Customer review, 11th March 2014
It feels like those two guys were destined to collaborate. I know it sounds corny but the perfection... Maybe not exactly perfection, but the pure awesomeness of what Jaime and Mike bring working together is undeniable. Their flows and ways they have with words, their lyrics and the beats El-P provides, all those things put together complement not just their distinctive style (which, oddly enough, manages to attract not just the hardcore underground rap fans but a much wider audience) and image as a duo, but also the personalities both of them have. Somehow, pairing as Run the Jewels makes Killer Mike and El-P stand out more on their own as hip-hop artists. Mike's aggressiveness and occasional slickness, his straightworfard and politically-charged lyrics were always his features but all of these became even more apparent when laid on an electrified, sharp, and somewhat anxious banger of a beat crafted by El-P, in turn, highlighting the instrumental's own atmosphere and richness. Same goes for El-P's a bit laid-back (when compared to Killer Mike's) delivery and his clever, sophisticated wordplay. It all sticks out even more when he lays his verses back-to-back with Mike's. Run the Jewels as a project brings out the best in both rappers and, being a free album running in just over half an hour, is a pretty darn impressive example of their skills. Even though this record may lack progression or concept, it definetly succeds in showcasing Mike's and El's talents. It's catchy, it's accessible, it's funny, it's concious, it's self-aware and ironic. It's a fun listen for both fans and newcomers to the genre.
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