It was a Christmas miracle. After one crummy year that was 2016, Run The Jewels dropped their latest on the net for all to download and rap out to as they unwrapped presents. But that was last year, and now we’re getting physical, taking Run The Jewels 3 once more for a spin now it’s available on plastic. It’s Christmas once more, and I’m in love again.
EL-P and Killer Mike have made it to album number three in three years, but rather than feeling like a tried yearly franchise that starts with promise and ends with the grinding over familiarity and cheap tricks, the duo sound as energised as ever, pulling out an exchange of political dismay at the world we’ve ended up in, double dipped into a pot of heavy bass.
It isn’t as eclectic as what was found on Run The Jewels 2, but what we have here is consistency, and that brings about tracks which flow smoothly from one to the other, to the point that it’s hard to imagine the album played out with any absent numbers. You try and ply ‘Call Tickerton’ from ‘Legend Has It’.
Emotion is plentiful throughout RTJ3, with an underlining sadness throughout, leading into the rather sombre ‘A Report To The Shareholders: Kill Your Masters’ to end it all, though it does shift into one more rise to avoid a major downer, but the sentiment is there. RTJ3 might be dealing with our current political climate, but it also provides unity. Stay gold.