Hear that? That’s the sound of El-P and Killer Mike curb-stomping every shitty rapper on the planet.
Run The Jewels is a revelation, just the thing that hip-hop in 2014 needs: Two bad motherfuckers whose only concerns are to rhyme better and hit harder than any poor soul who is convinced that they can rap. They’re the affront to the mainstream, a solid glorious middle finger to ringtone rappers, swag enthusiasts, radio puppets, corporate tools and practically every fool who passes off bullshit drivel about money, bitches, and turning up in the club as rap. And they do it fucking awesomely. Now if you know me in real life you know I’ve been going on and on and on about this group and their latest record Run The Jewels 2, for a while, and believe me I could keep talking on all damn night, but let me just sum it up: RTJ is El-P, a legend who built his career on being independent as fuck, coming with wonderfully complex and aggressive production as well as dense wordplay, and Killer Mike, a rapper from Atlanta cut from the same cloth as masterful political artists like Chuck D, Ice Cube and KRS-One, a brilliant mind and astounding orator concerned with getting his and bucking the power structure. Together they have incredible chemistry…They’re damn threatening, damn funny, and just damn good. And it’s a good damn thing that people are paying attention. Damn, I said “damn” a lot.
Me? I’m still reeling from seeing their live show in DC last weekend, second year in a row I’ve seen ’em, and man, you really haven’t lived until you’ve caught Run The Jewels live. I mean, do everything you gotta do to see them. Lie, cheat, steal, whatever.
Tonight’s post was too easy. “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” is a perfect example of what I’m talking about: It’s a relentless aural assault which has El and Mike shutting down the competition with breakneck flows and great mic-passing and scores of quotable lines. The awesome beat switch up towards the end makes the track even more hostile and rattled, and hell, it even features Michael Winslow, AKA that sound-effect guy from the Police Academy movies. What’s not to like?
Pic I took from the show last week. Run the Jewels or lose your fingers.