Run the Jewels are Back and Better
Run the Jewels are one of the most complementary rap duos of today’s alternative hip-hop industry. Killer Mike and El-P’s group formed in 2013, and since then have collaborated and produced three (unreal) self-titled albums. Both are American artists, Killer Mike originating from Atlanta and El-P from Brooklyn. While these two artists come from different hip-hop cultures, their electronic rhythms derived from the Atlanta hip-hop scene and the simplicity of their East Coast inspiered rap, Run the Jewels is a group to watch out for.
As mentioned previously, the duo have produced three self-titled albums – one in 2013, 2014, and most recently in December of 2016. If you have listened to the previous two albums you know what to expect on with newest release, and if you haven’t I highly recommend that you do so. But honestly, they really out did themselves on this one. From start to finish the album is gold – no pun intended (in reference to the album cover). What makes this album different from “RTJ” and “RTJ II” are their transitions between songs and the incorporation of sound clips throughout a majority of their tracks, which are things they demonstrated less vibrantly in their first two albums. Whether you are on your daily public transit journey to work or school, walking the dog, or taking a road trip with friends, RTJ III will not disappoint.
Oh yeah.. I forgot mention that this album is FREE. Download it now.
Run the Jewels started their “Run the World” tour on January 16th, and will be coming to the famous Danforth Music Hall on February 19th. While tickets are currently sold out and StubHub sellers have no soul (see unreasonable resale prices), its going to be pretty tricky to see them. Nonetheless, first thing is first, go support this group and download their albums… and let me know what you guys think.
- Run the Jewels III
- Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels, 36’’ Chain, and No Come Down
- Run the Jewels II – Early, Oh My Darling, and Close Your Eyes
- Run the Jewels III – Down, Talk To Me, and Call Ticketron
What you should know:
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Yes, it’s that time of year again – it is time for the Grammy Awards. There is always major hype when it comes to “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Song.” Nominees are looking sharp this year with young gun Chance the Rapper, who introduced himself in 2016, and rap guru Kanye West who continued to impress with his new album. Comment below your picks for all four rap categories and lets get the conversation flowing leading up to the event on February 12th.
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