#rewindreview: Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) ‘Run The Jewels 3’ 2016

As a Christmas gift for a world who would now see a clown as the leader of the “free world,” Run The Jewels activated one more release before the end of the 2010’s. ‘Run The Jewels 3’ felt like a much darker album from the previous releases, if one could differentiate the music with expert ears. As collaboration albums go “RTJ” by this point felt more like an actual group than two separate entities getting together for another run. For me it was starting to feel like a burn out as by the time of this release I was still getting familiar with the first two. ‘Run The Jewels 3’ has more of an alternative rock influence which sonically is why I probably don’t find it as my favorite. The message and mission of the group remains which is providing a cynical outlook on society and more important how critical things seem to be in the election year of 2016. El-P and Killer Mike perform effortlessly through rhymes and ideas and are once again joined by Zack De La Rocha while adding a couple of more unexpected guest like Trina and Danny Brown. ‘Run The Jewels 3’ isn’t a bad record but it lacks the ability to convert “hip-hop heads” to the movement of RTJ with it’s overtly left of center/Trap music feel. What did you think of the album?

Singles include:
‘Legend Has It’ & ‘Call Ticketron’

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