Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2 (Fool’s Gold Records)
By: William Georges
DAMN SON! Back together for the second year are MCs El-P and Killer Mike under the critically acclaimed hip/hop duo, Run The Jewels. El-P is a New York boom bap underground rapper, known especially during the early 2000 underground hip/hop scene for his legendary records like Funcrusher Plus and Fantastic Damage. His partner, Killer Mike, introduced to many on Outkast’s seminal 2000 album Stankonia on the track “Snappin and Trappin’”, brings his southern-fried flow and political consciousness to this new album, Run The Jewels 2.
What isn’t there to say about Run The Jewels 2? As soon as you hit the play button you are bombarded with Killer Mike’s dialogue “IM FINNA BANG THIS BITCH THE FUCK OUT!” And the opening beat — so evil, looming as Killer Mike’s lyrics ride the shadows casted by the rhythm. Mike’s confidently slow flow takes the track to utmost levels of confidence. El-P finishes the track in brutal defiance of morality. “Oh My Darling” bangs your ear drums with sludgy bass and its chilling looping chorus, “OH My! DARLING DA-DA-DARLING, DA-DA-DA-DA-DA-D-DARLING”. “Blockbuster Part 1” keeps the intensity running at full speed with its fast paced doom metal backed bass patterns, with lyrics referring to the corruption of the American elite, reflecting continuity in Run The Jewel’s ‘anti-corruption’ idiosyncrasy.
The middle parts of the album keep you trapped in this hellish nightmare, continuing the pattern of gritty, mind-blowing production and lyrical content. “Early ft. Boots” and “All My Life” are songs whose choruses are chilling samples. The vocal tone of the looped chorus sounds admittedly guilty to the atrocities Killer Mike and El-P rap about.
And here you are, almost through this album—tortured, sexually abused, you’re a joke, the Government wants your neck, and Satan is getting really annoyed that you haven’t arrived yet. Then comes “All Due Respect” with its guerilla army, coup-de-tat sounding snare, echoing like it was recorded in an old dirty warehouse filled with an illegal weapons cache. It is El-P’s way or the highway; your mom loathes you and your dad left you. If you thought that was bad, Killer Mike is selling drugs to your sex addict family too!
Run the Jewels continues to raise the bar of disturbing, horror type hip hop with Run The Jewels 2. With some of the most well produced tracks of the year, RTJ 2 is a good’n.
Rating: 4.6/5, y’all.