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Run the Jewels wrecks rap with new record

November 6, 2014

 

Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels 2

BRENNEN LEGE

Staff Reporter

 

In 2013, Run the Jewels’ debut, self-titled album was met with critical praise and success in the hip-hop community.

 

The lyrical content could be described as over-the-top and humorous, while the production could be described as hard-hitting and futuristic.

 

“Run the Jewels 2” raises the stakes in every way.

 

The lyrics are crazier, the tracks are louder and the end product is one of the most fun and fast-paced adventures of 2014.

 

Run the Jewels is a rap duo comprised of southern rapper Killer Mike and New York rapper and producer El-P, whose chemistry bleeds listeners’ speakers.

 

They really seem to have cultivated a rap-bromance to rival some of the rap genre’s most iconic. I compare them to the likes of Outkast (Andre 3000 and Big Boi) or The Throne (Kanye and Jay Z) to name just a few.

 

The formula for the Run the Jewels albums is simple but very effective. The two throw down brash, braggadocio raps over El-P’s produced beats.

 

These guys spew the most creative and funny profanities in all of rap.     It can seem borderline tasteless, unless you go into it ready for some outrageous lines.

 

“Run the Jewels” is a euphemism for sticking someone up on the streets at gunpoint and stealing their jewelry, which the album art cheekily portrays.

 

The duo also references armed robbery a lot throughout both albums, which I think is just part of the story.

 

Killer Mike and El-P are playing two city crooks who happen to love rapping and making songs together.

 

This album is equivalent to a blockbuster action movie.

 

Soak up all the theatrics, take them at face value, but do not take them too seriously.

 

Apart from the comedy and stunting, the lyrics also have a lot of social commentary.

 

On the track “Close Your Eyes,” the two call for a revolution against the legal system alongside Zach De La Rocha, former frontman of the band Rage Against The Machine.

 

On the track “Crown,” Killer Mike relays his experiences selling drugs at a younger age and how he was filled with pain and regret.

 

El-P goes against the grain of hip hop culture in some of these songs, like “Love Again” or “Angel Dust,” where he criticizes the misogynistic mentality of rap, favoring having a faithful relationship with his one girlfriend.

 

It was moments like these from the duo, where they broke up the party music to rap about deeper subjects, which really balance the album and help it surpass the first Run the Jewels LP.

 

At 11 songs and 39 minutes, this album sweeps along at a fast pace.

 

Most, if not all, of the songs are up-tempo and super catchy. The album is completely free on Run the Jewels’ Web page.

 

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