Run The Jewels 3
Run The Jewels - 2016
Killer Mike and El-P threw a wrench into the works of my top ten by surprise releasing RTJ3 early on Christmas. I’m psyched that they did it, don’t get me wrong, but it forces me to evaluate it for my list on short notice. Thankfully, it’s strong enough, and I love them enough, to binge listen to it a bunch of times.
RTJ is easily the most consistent rap group releasing albums these days. “Run The Jewels” was an honorable mention for me in 2013, and RTJ2 was my #1 of 2014, so I had high expectations for RTJ3. I kind of had the feeling that there was no way for them to top RTJ2, so I was mostly worried that 3 would be a let down. Thankfully that’s not the case. While its not quite up to the level of 2, all of the elements are still there, and the guys have taken another step forward.
El-P’s production is still on point. Warm, massive bass tones lay the foundation under all different types of samples and beats, and El’s sarcastic, funny wordplay doesn’t disappoint. Killer Mike is also as good as ever, mixing his political jabs, with his boasts of RTJ dominance.
Run The Jewels 2 was one awesome track after another, for a near perfect album. While 3 falls a bit short of that, the songs seem deeper, expanding on the some of the more clever aspects of the group. Now that they have 3 solid albums under their belt it will be interesting to see what direction they take next.
Posted by Tambe