Run The Jewels 2 by Run The Jewels
[Above video is NSFW] I listen to rap music sparingly, finding it rarely holds my attention long enough to warrant multiple plays in a row. And I write about rap music even less: once a year, tops. Consequently, I find myself ill-equipped to describe the fantastic album at #28 in anything but simple platitudes. I really like this album.
Run The Jewels is a hip-hop duo consisting of New York City’s El-P and Atlanta’s Killer Mike. El-P also produced the album, which is available for free download at the band’s website, runthejewels.net. It’s a dark, angry, and heavy trip for your headphones. You can’t help but bounce your head along to the beat, while Killer Mike speed-raps deep inside. There are a number of notable guest appearances on the album, too, with Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha and drummers Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Diane Coffee (Foxygen) making appearances.
The album is free. You literally cannot afford to miss it.