After much critical success from their previous self-titled albums, worldwide tours, starting a radio show and both members already being highly praised Hip-Hop artists in a time of ‘mumbling’; Run The Jewels returned at the pinnacle of 2016 by releasing their much anticipated ‘Run The Jewels 3’. The third instalment in their self-titled records.
On this album, there is no doubt that the two MCs; Killer Mike and EL-P sound hungrier, more aggressive, at a creative peak and most of all..talking about real emotions, political issues and authenticity in the Hip-Hop community of today.
Following up the production style of the previous albums, their instrumentals still contain that rough, raw, rugged and ‘I Don’t Give a Fuck’ attitude.
While all the tracks on the album are…majestic as hell and don”t lose interest of the listener at any point; the first song that raised my eyebrows is the Jimi Hendrix on steroids record “Legend Has It”. The two MC’s trade quick-paced flows over ten verses and comical jaw-dropping bars..for example “I don’t know how to not spit like a lout, I’ll spill a pound of my kids on your couch” – EL-P. The following record, “Call Ticketron” is just ridiculous. The thumping atomic bass, quick synth/siren like sounds and chemistry between the two rappers on this track only cements them further as one of the most thought-provoking, original and under-appreciated MCs today.
Although the majority of the album is held down just by Run The Jewels, Detroit MC, Danny Brown appears on “Hey Kids (Bumaye)” and Trina supplies a feature on the slow but especially trippy instrumental to “Panther Like a Panther”. However, the song that stands out most on the tracklist is the final one; “A Report to the Shareholders / Kill Your Masters” which is a track in ode to not only living by societal standards, but also making a lane and way for yourself so that you can be your own ‘Master’. Zach de la Rocha appears on the second part of the track giving a verse on fire so much that it only makes sense to keep it LiT.
To be honest; ‘Run The Jewels 3′ is an impeccable album, beginning to end. The two MCs crafted a project dropped at a very intense time in the US and the fact that these two are as big as they are now is no surprise. However, the two are still not getting the recognition they deserve. As Kendrick said on “Hood Politics” – “Critics want to mention that they miss when hip hop was rappin’, Motherfucker, if you did, then Killer Mike’d be platinum.”