Run The Jewels-Run The Jewels (2013)

My Rating: 95% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 85%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 90%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Run The Jewels
  2. Banana Clipper (Feat. Big Boi)
  3. 36 Chain
  4. Ddfn
  5. Sea Legs
  6. Job Well Done (Feat. Until The Ribbon Breaks)
  7. No Come Down
  8. Get It
  9. Twin Hype Back (Feat. Prince Paul)
  10. A Christmas Fucking Miracle

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to get into Run The Jewels, start at part one and keep going through the next two albums, the evolution is fun to experience.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Classic, the next two albums follow the same theme, like the consistency.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Love to!

Final Thoughts:

Run The Jewels are doing something in hip hop that happens very rarely, they’re becoming popular practically based on their incredible flows alone. No doubt the production is amazing, beats are tasty, and marketing has been great too, but when it comes down to it Run The Jewels are successful because of the chemistry between El-P and Killer Mike and their ability to twist together incredible 16’s that are damn near impossible to rap along with, even though you may really feel tempted to. Their first album is not their best, but their worst is better than most rappers best efforts. It’s consistently political, hilarious, and jaw dropping. Run The Jewels are changing mainstream hip-hop, and I am so on board with them.

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Run The Jewels-RTJ3 (2016)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 86%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 88%

Average Rating: 91%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Down (feat. Joi)
  2. Talk To Me
  3. Legend Has It
  4. Call Ticketron
  5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) (feat. Danny Brown)
  6. Stay Gold
  7. Don’t Get Captured
  8. Thieves! (Screamed The Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
  9. 2100 (feat. BOOTS)
  10. Panther Like A Panther (Miracle Mix) (feat. Trina)
  11. Everybody Stay Calm
  12. Oh Mama
  13. Thursday In The Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)
  14. A Report To The Shareholders : Kill Your Masters

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to be reassured that Hip-Hop is still in good hands.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Alone, it doesn’t do a lot for me. But as the rest of the albums together, I like the concept they’re going for.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, almost bought it the other day!

Final Thoughts:

In Aesop Rock’s Impossible Kid review I stated that he is my favourite rapper still making music, and although I’ll stick to my guns on that statement (cry me a river Lamra-ites) Run The Jewels is my favourite rap group currently making tunes. It’s a great blend of old school break beats that got me into hip-hop in the first place, mixed with more contemporary synth and industrial sounds. Killer Mike and EL-P make an awesome duo with amazing beats, politically charged lyrics, and over the top brags that sometimes don’t really make sense (ex. “I do pushups nude on the edge of cliffs” “I’m the living swipe right I’m Mike I’m a slut.” “I’m fuckin’ magic, in fact I’m a warlock of talk I got a unicorn horn for a STOP.”) They are making showstopping tracks that keep me stoked on Hip-Hop, I’m glad that these old school dudes are making it big, they deserve every bit of acclaim they are receiving. RTJ3 is a great mix of fun, serious, and impressive tracks to keep fans stoked while garnering new followers.

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