–by Quincy Tejani, Music Connoisseur–
Leave it to this decade’s most exciting hip-hop duo to mess up everyone’s year end charts by releasing their highly anticipated 3rd LP five days before the new year. There is no doubt in my mind that had this record been released a couple of months earlier it would have come in near the top of many major publication’s year-end lists and might have even managed to top a few. On their newest record El-P and Killer Mike continue to dole out their brand of angry, politically charged rap music but this time it seems as though the duo’s confidence has risen to an absolute peak. Much longer (51 minutes) and relatively more expansive than their previous efforts, RTJ3 is a testament to the fact that with these guys, sometimes more of the same can be just as marvellous.
In an interview with Spin Magazine Run the Jewels discussed the meaning of the gold hands on the cover stating that, “For us, the RTJ1 hands were about “taking what’s yours” – your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which for us represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel.”
If there is anything that can be said about this record is that it certainly does not show the hip-hop duo slowing down in the slightest. If anything, it is equal to the quality found on RTJ2 and to be able to say that is an accomplishment in itself.
Best Track: Legend Has It
Quincy Tejani is the co-founder of The Violet Wave and is also editor of music. When he’s not listening to or writing about music you can probably find him walking through the forests of Ontario or questioning the inner workings of the universe. He also never turns down a cold Pabst… never.
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