Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels 2

by Run the Jewels

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Run the Jewels 2

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2014
Label: Mass Appeal Records
UPC: 0812814020057
catalogNumber: 5
Rank: 18628

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Run 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
Smoota   Trombone
Boots   Vocals
Little Shalimar   Synthesizer,Guitar
Trackstar the DJ   scratching
Diane Coffee   Piano,Vocals
Margot   Strings
Shay Bigga   Vocals
Kenya Hawkins   Vocals

Technical Credits

Zack de la Rocha   Composer
Nicolas Vernhes   Engineer
El-P   Composer,Producer
Killer Mike   Composer
Wilder Zoby   Producer,Additional Production
Boots   Composer,Additional Production
Nocando   Engineer
Bradley Post   Engineer
Nicholas Gazin   Artwork
Little Shalimar   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Simen Solvang   Engineer
Leon Kelly   Engineer

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Run the Jewels, Vol. 2 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best albums of 2014. Fantastic. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.