I’m hopping on this far too late, but it’s such a banger it’d be an injustice if I didn’t discuss it. If you don’t know about Run The Jewels, you’re in for a treat. I’d even recommend Mike and Jaime’s second outing to people who don’t like rap – I’m sure most would be able to appreciate why RTJ2 has garnered the praise it has. Here’s the video for you, so you can listen to this while you read what I have to say. Why would you have it any other way? Should probably say the video is a little NSFW, unless you work in a strip club or something, in which case, go nuts.
Things start off frantically with a hard-hitting beat punctuated by distorted use of the title of the song; El-P and co. have created something special with this one. Despite the strength of “Jeopardy”, I see this as the true start of the album; when you hear Michael Winslow tell you “you are now listening to Run The Jewels 2”, you know things are about to kick off.
Of course, El-P starts as he means to go on with an abrasive attack on both the law and the world at large, with nods to Pimp C and B.I.G. thrown in for good measure – the second instalment continues just where the first left off in terms of lyricism, and the pair show no signs of slowing down as Killer Mike soon joins in, bringing so much contrasting imagery that perhaps shouldn’t work, but it all fits together so naturally, you’d never question how he transitions talking about a ballerina, a ski mask, opera signers and losing fingers in the space of a few bars.
The two trade verses back-to-back (literally if you’re watching the video), with a particular highlight coming in the transition between the third and fourth as both talk about what their good at – namely rap and sex – before moving on to the next topic in a matter of seconds. Bars never stop flying at you, especially going into the sixth verse as the beat ups in intensity allowing the pace to pick up further. It’s not a crazy Bone Thugs speed rap, but it once again reaffirms the credentials of two of the finest doing it right now.
My personal highlight comes as El-P ends his final verse, with a nod to Ridley Scott’s classic “Alien”
I make the trip, you better pay
Done worse for less, don’t make my day
I’m not from Earth, from far away
I bust through chests like baby greys
I think I’ll leave it at that. I’ve got nothing but the best to say about this album and the tracks included in it, this was just the one I wanted to cover for now. I could talk about how I can’t wait for the remix album “Meow The Jewels 2”, featuring cat sounds in place of the instrumental. I could talk about their upcoming Deadpool and Howard the Duck comic variant covers, which I’m really hoping to grab. I’ve just realised in saying “I could talk about”, I have actually been talking about. I’m bad at wrapping this up – let’s just say go give it a listen if you haven’t already – you might like it.