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RUN THE JEWELS - RUN THE JEWELS (ALBUM)

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SONGS BY RUN THE JEWELS
2100 (Run The Jewels feat. Boots)
36" Chain
A Christmas Fucking Miracle
A Report To The Shareholders / Kill Your Masters
All Due Respect (Run The Jewels feat. Travis Barker)
All My Life
Angel Duster
Banana Clipper (Run The Jewels feat. Big Boi)
Blockbuster Night Pt. 1
Born To Shine (Big Grams feat. Run The Jewels)
Call Ticketron
Chase Me (Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi)
Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Run The Jewels feat. Zack De La Rocha)
Crown (Run The Jewels feat. Diane Coffee)
DDFH
Don't Get Captured
Down (Run The Jewels feat. Joi)
Early (Run The Jewels feat. Boots)
Everybody Stay Calm
Get It
Hey Kids (Run The Jewels feat. Danny Brown)
Jeopardy
Job Well Done (Run The Jewels feat. Until The Ribbon Breaks)
Legend Has It
Lie, Cheat, Steal
Love Again (Akinyele Back) (Run The Jewels feat. Gangsta Boo)
Mean Demeanor
Meowpurrdy
No Come Down
Nobody Speak (DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels)
Oh Mama
Oh My Darling Don't Cry
Panther Like A Panther (Run The Jewels feat. Trina)
Pew Pew Pew (Run The Jewels feat. DJ Q-Bert)
Run The Jewels
Sea Legs
Stay Gold
Supercut (El-P Remix) (Lorde feat. Run The Jewels)
Talk To Me
Thieves! (Screamed The Ghost) (Run The Jewels feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
Thursday In The Danger Room (Run The Jewels feat. Kamasi Washington)
Twin Hype Back (Run The Jewels feat. Prince Paul)
ALBUMS BY RUN THE JEWELS
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Meow The Jewels
Run The Jewels
Stay Gold Smiff & Cash Remix Collection
 
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Average points: 4.5 (Reviews: 2)
****
I need to stop being skeptical when I see a rap album with such a short length, because this is really cool. Completely different to 'Hope In Dirt City' in that way but I like it. Pretty decent album.
*****
I basically only came across this album via word of mouth, but it also helps that they were giving away the album for free, which evidently is a great way to get someone like me to pay attention. I actually wonder what it would be like if I hadn't heard them then, and only did when I caught the extra media attention they'd gotten for their next album. Just for that it makes me happy to feel like I caught on early, as long as you ignore the dozens of albums they'd worked on prior, but whatever.

This came at the right time for me though. As I was just starting to appreciate hip-hop on an LP format, this really solidified itself as a standout. I guess it helps that it's not too long, so it doesn't suffer badly from filler.

I think in general what makes this a success is just how good Killer Mike & El-P's chemistry is. They'd only worked together on one album before (Killer Mike's also rather good "R.A.P. Music", but here they work so well together you'd think it had been in place for longer. Even though it's usually a one verse each affair, you'll find them trading lines back and forth here and there (it's great on "A Christmas F**king Miracle") and just generally playing off the same energy.

I will say though as a fan, that this does have its setbacks. Maybe the problem is that "Run The Jewels 2" has since come out, and I'm finding myself comparing this to that, but I feel the rhymes could be tighter, and there perhaps aren't quite enough highlights to fully satisfy me. But still, they were onto something with this album, which would come to show a year later... 4.8
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