Mandatory Listening: Run the Jewels 2

by on November 7, 2014
 

As the previously converted will soundly attest, the frenetic brilliance of Run the Jewels is a thrilling case study in modern art-as-traditional-catharsis.  In fact, Spencer Tweedy (son of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jeff’s collaborator in the duo concisely named Tweedy) pretty much nailed it when he posited the new Jewels album Run the Jewels 2 as “the modern face of protest.”  Writing for The Talkhouse, Tweedy expounded on this new era of protest even further.  “Neil Young is one out-of-touch motherfucker,” Tweedy says of Young’s attempts at modern songs of protest.  In direct contrast, he argues, Run The Jewels “is our antidote.  They make enlightenment look cool.”

Image: Biz3

Image: Biz3

In fact, enlightenment has likely not looked or sounded this cool in decades.  The guests on Run the Jewels 2 are tastefully inserted into the album’s landscape, existing more as additional instruments than moments of respite from the duo in charge – El-P and Killer Mike.  Those guests – including Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha and Blink-182’s Travis Barker – bring nothing less than their absolute best to the proceedings on RTJ2, proving they’re just as in awe of this collaboration as we are.  For the uninitiated, grab Run the Jewels 2 for free via their website.  Also, take comfort in the fact that a Run the Jewels 3 has already been confirmed.