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There are those Jagger/Richards, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, or DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince-styled collaborations that always seem fruitful. The music created by Killer Mike and El-P easily falls into this category, and is closest to that of Jeff and Prince's, not just because the duo fall under the same category of "hip-hop" but also because Run the Jewels 2, like its predecessor, comes with some joy baked in. It's a broken, ironic, and underground kind of joy as the hard-hitting "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" shows its pimp-hand with "You can all run naked backwards through a field of dicks" and also shows its business card because "You're in luck, it says I do two things: rap and fuck." This sophomore effort keeps the slanted spirit of the original, as mixing the attitude of N.W.A. with the weirdness of Adult Swim is both comfortable and fertile ground for the duo, but the "album" does try harder in the "serious" department. Paranoid androids like "Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1" benefit, as if Run-DMC embraced EL-P's compressed beatmaking and dropped the F-bomb whenever possible. "Early" is deadly serious with Killer Mike pleading "I apologize if it seems I got out of line sir, cuz I respect the badge and a gun/And I pray today ain't the day you drag me away right in front of my son," and that's right before things turn grave. "All Due Respect" with Travis Barker enters Death Grips' territory with punk, techno, and vicious rhymes all crawling up the spine, but this rebel music can still come with a smirk, as a stuttering Zach de la Rocha offers the infectious and weird hook on the wonderfully titled highlight "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)." If the first album was the supernova, RTJ2 is the RTJ universe forming, proving that Mike and El-P's one-off can be a going, and ever growing, concern.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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1
Jeopardy
00:03:22

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist

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2
Oh My Darling Don't Cry
00:03:24

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist - Wilder Zoby, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2014 Productomart

3
Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1
00:02:32

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist

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4
Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)
00:03:54

Zack De La Rocha, Author, FeaturedArtist - Michael Render, ComposerLyricist - EL-P, Author, Producer - Killer Mike, Author - Run The Jewels, Composer, MainArtist - Jamie Meline, ComposerLyricist

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5
All My Life
00:03:07

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist

℗ 2014 Productomart

6
Lie, Cheat, Steal
00:03:28

Michael Render, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Torbitt Schwartz, Composer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist - Jordan Asher, Composer - Jamie Meline, Composer

℗ 2014 Productomart

7
Early
00:03:44

Michael Render, Composer - Boots, Producer, Co-Producer, FeaturedArtist - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist - Jordan Asher, Composer

℗ 2014 Productomart

8
All Due Respect
00:02:47

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Travis Barker, FeaturedArtist - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist - Wilder Zoby, Producer, Co-Producer

℗ 2014 Productomart

9
Love Again (Akinyele Back)
00:02:51

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Gangsta Boo, FeaturedArtist - Run The Jewels, MainArtist

℗ 2014 Productomart

10
Crown
00:03:45

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist - Diane Coffee, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Productomart

11
Angel Duster
00:05:08

Michael Render, Composer - Jaime Meline, Composer - EL-P, Producer - Little Shalimar, Producer - Run The Jewels, MainArtist

℗ 2014 Productomart

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There are those Jagger/Richards, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, or DJ Jazzy Jeff/Fresh Prince-styled collaborations that always seem fruitful. The music created by Killer Mike and El-P easily falls into this category, and is closest to that of Jeff and Prince's, not just because the duo fall under the same category of "hip-hop" but also because Run the Jewels 2, like its predecessor, comes with some joy baked in. It's a broken, ironic, and underground kind of joy as the hard-hitting "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" shows its pimp-hand with "You can all run naked backwards through a field of dicks" and also shows its business card because "You're in luck, it says I do two things: rap and fuck." This sophomore effort keeps the slanted spirit of the original, as mixing the attitude of N.W.A. with the weirdness of Adult Swim is both comfortable and fertile ground for the duo, but the "album" does try harder in the "serious" department. Paranoid androids like "Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1" benefit, as if Run-DMC embraced EL-P's compressed beatmaking and dropped the F-bomb whenever possible. "Early" is deadly serious with Killer Mike pleading "I apologize if it seems I got out of line sir, cuz I respect the badge and a gun/And I pray today ain't the day you drag me away right in front of my son," and that's right before things turn grave. "All Due Respect" with Travis Barker enters Death Grips' territory with punk, techno, and vicious rhymes all crawling up the spine, but this rebel music can still come with a smirk, as a stuttering Zach de la Rocha offers the infectious and weird hook on the wonderfully titled highlight "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)." If the first album was the supernova, RTJ2 is the RTJ universe forming, proving that Mike and El-P's one-off can be a going, and ever growing, concern.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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