Life is always better with a soundtrack, and time spent hard at work in the office is no different. Therefore, coming your way every Tuesday will be album of the week; a release we can't contain our excitement for or a record we have been reluctant to take off repeat since its first play. We’ll be putting the time in to explore the world of new releases on a quest to bring you the best. While we’re at it, just because we’re feeling generous, we’ll be digging deep into our collections and giving classic albums the airplay they deserve.
(RTJ3 was streamed back in December before being released in early January)
Run The Jewels found themselves quite caught up in the festive spirit last Christmas, so much so they decided to surprise hip-hop fans with an early present in the form of RTJ3 – the group’s third full length effort – three weeks ahead of its scheduled physical release.
Bumping and cavorting its way from start to finish, RTJ3 upholds a fun sense of character, even in spite of pulling no punches when touching sociopolitical topics. Grandeur instrumentals are met with one liners that jump from bar to bar with metronomic precision, while guest appearances form the likes of Danny Brown and Kamasi Washington slot in nicely alongside the jesting word play of El-P and Killer Mike.
The best Hip-Hop of record of 2017 may be a premature statement, but RTJ3 has certainly set the benchmark. You can listen to the album below via Spotify.
If you’re wanting get up close and personal with the duo, Run The Jewels are set for a return to Field Day in June 2017 where they headline the Eat Your Own Ears stage.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of This Song Is Sick