Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2


Wherein the collective amnesia that everyone experienced with the previous Run the Jewels continues: still not as good as R.A.P. Music or Cancer 4 Cure, yet more acclaimed than either because … well, I don’t fucking know, to be honest. El-P can keep making self-consciously underground/ugly beats his entire life and the people who automatically attribute “underground” as “underrated” and “mainstream” as “overrated” will continue to eat them up; “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” might be his most annoying beat up until the beat switch which isn’t enough to save it, while “Love Again” and “Crown” might be his laziest.

A ‘B’, because it’s as blissfully short as last time, because the saxophone in “Jeopardy” is the prettiest thing El-P’s ever done; because “I deal in dirty work, do the deed and then dash, ditch ’em” on “Blockbuster Night Part 1” is more impressive than I’d ever imagine for El-P; because Killer Mike rhyming “waterboard him” with “boredom” and then “Fuck it, the Lord’ll sort ’em” is enough for me to forgive Zack de la Rocha’s superfluous stupidity at the end of that awfully titled song (“I’m a fellow with melanin”; good God) and because if I went outside right now and asked the first 100 people I see outside if they knew who Run the Jewels was, the amount of shaken heads speaks louder volumes than I could ever.


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