Excite! After two killer collaborations that have already made big waves in the rap world and beyond, Run The Jewels (that’s Killer Mike and El-P of course) drop their third full-length. RTJ3 continues to flaunt swagger and creativity in spades, not to mention the high-flying guest appearances from Kamasi Washington, Danny Brown and Tunde from TV On The Radio. CD and gold vinyl double LP editions, on Run The Jewels’ own imprint.
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- RTJ3000ELP / Deluxe gold coloured vinyl, gatefold 2LP on Run The Jewels, Inc. Includes stickers + limited edition RTJ pendant (RTJ logo) with a gold chain - available exclusively with indie store preorders only!
8/10 Robin Staff review, 19 January 2017
Much grumbling has been made in office about how we’ve never managed to review a record in the Run The Jewels discog until now. Me, making excuses, I think that probably speaks to their staying power: Mike and El-P have largely spoken for themselves since they released their first mixtape, a free victory lap that came after their one-two punch of solo albums ‘RAP Music’ and ‘Cancer 4 Cure’. Back then it probably felt like a quick thank you: now it seems they’ve built their own world on top of it, standing as super-positive beacons, unimpeachable icons who kinda live outside of the game itself.
RTJ3 is as perfect a synergy as ever, the two of them continuing to anoint each other with seamless segues into one another, both swapping good lines over shining production: the record makes itself known to me halfway through “Down”, when El-P jokes “RTJ, you’re gonna need a bigger boat, boys” as if we’re listening to an album of all the best one-liners from a summer blockbuster. It announces the record as perhaps the duo’s most cinematic and structured, the record spanning fourteen tunes with collabs including the stylistic contrast that is Danny Brown (given a b-movie production to match his recent solo record), TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe (crooning over an ominous piano lede) plus the legend Kamasi Washington and Trina. Shit is big and varied, but never patchwork in presentation.
You don’t need me to cosign the endless cosign on these guys, but rest assured Norman will listen to RTJ with love in our hearts. '3' is produced with a bolstered and confident smirk, while its lyrics speak to anything from institutional self-preservation at the cost of the oppressed to the creative power of friendship -- the way El-P and Mike boost one another better than they ever did without. Shout to El-P for constantly telling us he likes his pal. Weirdly, it’s the subliminal melodies, such as the staccato movements of “Stay Gold”, that stick out the most: it’s a fucking meticulous record, which makes the funnest thing about listening to it listening to it again.
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