Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Best New Hip-Hop: Run The Jewels 2

Everyone has a day when they need hip-hop like this, whether they want to admit it or not. I could evaluate what I post on here based on the general public's likes and dislikes. Or, like Run The Jewels, I can say "f**k it" and post abrasive, crowd-dividing hip-hop like theirs, because it's worthy of acclaim and conversation. 

Despite being some of contemporary hip-hop's most formidable MCs, El-P and Killer Mike's Run The Jewels 2 is so much greater than expected. Like their studio and live repertoire, their second album is another harsh lyrical vendetta against anyone who they generally disapprove of (enemies, authority, politicians, some religious figures and many, many more), but with a polished sheen of progressive and frantic production only fit for bold rhymes like these ones. Between those percussive and conscious verbal blasts, and dope cameos from the likes of Zack De La Rocha and Travis Barker, it's hard not to get into this dynamic show of take-no-prisoners hip-hop. As if we questioned them before, in its almost unprecedented make-up, Run The Jewels 2 is evidence this relentless tag-team aren't new to this game, and have too much to say to leave any time soon.

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