CMU Approved

Approved: Run The Jewels

By | Published on Thursday 27 June 2013

Run The Jewels

Killer Mike’s ‘RAP Music’ album was one of last year’s finest releases, thanks both to Mike’s southern toned vocals and sharp production from El-P. A week after its release in May 2012, more music from the pair turned up in the form of Mike’s contribution to El-P’s ‘Cancer 4 Cure’ album. Clearly it was a pairing that was working, and this year they’ve cemented it by consolidating their solo efforts into new duo Run The Jewels.

Slowly teasing out tracks over the course of the last few months, the duo have built anticipation for their debut album to internet warping levels. Yesterday, they made the record available as a free download, promoting limited edition physical versions and other merch along with it.

And was it worth the wait? Oh yes. Lighter in tone than their solo albums last year – particularly in comparison to Killer Mike’s politically charged ‘Reagan’ – it’s a more fun record, but maintains the high quality of those previous recordings.

Download the album here, and check out the first track released back in April, ‘Get It’, below.