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There are those Jagger/Richards, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, or DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince-styled collaborations that always seem fruitful. The music created by Killer Mike and El-P easily falls into this category, and is closest to that of Jeff and Prince's, not just because the duo fall under the same category of "hip-hop" but also because Run the Jewels 2, like its predecessor, comes with some joy baked in. It's a broken, ironic, and underground kind of joy as the hard-hitting "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" shows its pimp-hand with "You can all run naked backwards through a field of dicks" and also shows its business card because "You're in luck, it says I do two things: rap and fuck." This sophomore effort keeps the slanted spirit of the original, as mixing the attitude of N.W.A. with the weirdness of Adult Swim is both comfortable and fertile ground for the duo, but the "album" does try harder in the "serious" department. Paranoid androids like "Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1" benefit, as if Run-DMC embraced EL-P's compressed beatmaking and dropped the F-bomb whenever possible. "Early" is deadly serious with Killer Mike pleading "I apologize if it seems I got out of line sir, cuz I respect the badge and a gun/And I pray today ain't the day you drag me away right in front of my son," and that's right before things turn grave. "All Due Respect" with Travis Barker enters Death Grips' territory with punk, techno, and vicious rhymes all crawling up the spine, but this rebel music can still come with a smirk, as a stuttering Zach de la Rocha offers the infectious and weird hook on the wonderfully titled highlight "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)." If the first album was the supernova, RTJ2 is the RTJ universe forming, proving that Mike and El-P's one-off can be a going, and ever growing, concern.
|Label:||Mass Appeal Records|
Performance CreditsRun the Jewels Primary Artist
James McNew Bass
Isaiah Owens Piano,Soloist
Travis Barker Drums
Michael Winslow Vocals
Kareem Bunton Vocals
Mike Sweeney Guitar
Wilder Zoby Organ,Keyboards
Little Shalimar Synthesizer,Guitar
Trackstar the DJ scratching
Diane Coffee Piano,Vocals
Shay Bigga Vocals
Kenya Hawkins Vocals
Technical CreditsZack de la Rocha Composer
Nicolas Vernhes Engineer
Killer Mike Composer
Wilder Zoby Producer,Additional Production
Boots Composer,Additional Production
Bradley Post Engineer
Nicholas Gazin Artwork
Little Shalimar Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Simen Solvang Engineer
Leon Kelly Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
AMAZING ALBUM. 5/5. DO NOT BUY FROM BARNES & NOBLE. After my order sat for 3 weeks, they extended 3 more. Then with a 24 hour notice they cancelled my order. This LP is sold out most places, try and hunt for it on your own.
One of the best albums of 2014. Fantastic.
Good album, just don't buy from Barnes & Noble. I ordered on December 5th and it still has not shipped (1/2/15) and they need a 30 day extension for delivery.