- Run the Jewels 3

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Rank: #9 / 658
USER SCORE
83
Based on
195 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME
There’s tonnes of fun to be had from absorbing the duo’s fury, and El-P’s sci-fi beats are as thrillingly big ‘n’ bad as ever. But if 2017’s nightmarish status quo has you feeling powerless, anxious or alone, ‘RTJ3’ is the therapeutic rallying cry you need right now.
100
DIY
RTJ3’ is a ludicrously consistent assault of a record, with deftness and finesse, but enough surgical precision to land haymaker after haymaker.
100
The Skinny

Equal parts red-hot fire and cold hard reality, Killer Mike and El-P’s third album as Run The Jewels is a muscular call to arms.

95
The 405

RTJ3 was the best Christmas present we never knew we asked for.

93
Paste

RTJ3 is an excellent bookend to 2016, but it’s best used as a guide to the future, 2017 and beyond.

90
Drowned in Sound

Nobody fresh out of the blocks could ever make a record this vital sound quite so effortless.

90
AllMusic

Furious and hungry -- with endlessly quotable lyrical zingers to spare -- RTJ3's potency isn't as immediate as RTJ2. However, once it digs its claws in, RTJ3 reveals itself as their best work to date.

90
Exclaim!

Run the Jewels 3 is a rap armoury for hard times, a hip-hop bullhorn that afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted.

86
Pitchfork

RTJ3 is essentially the Run the Jewels manifesto, an outpouring of rage and defiance that never loses sight of the objectives: rallying the troops, holding all accountable, and toppling oppression.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Mike and El-P are on the top of their game throughout RTJ3, tag-teaming seamlessly like Kanye and Jay(-)Z on “Otis” or Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt on “AssMilk” – they hit verses back and forth as smoothly as a ball in a table tennis rally.

83
A.V. Club

RTJ3 can safely, accurately, and comprehensively be described as “a third Run The Jewels album.” This is a good thing. The albums are differentiated from each other not by vast stylistic shifts but by highlights—a verse or a punchline or a particularly terse beat, all of which are present here.

83
Consequence of Sound

The blessing and the curse of Run the Jewels 3 is that it’s still a Run the Jewels album, a promise that every song is good, nothing is bad, and depending on your mood you’ll either bask in the lack of tempo changes, pulchritudinous song structures, and surprising hooks, or you’ll seek out a more colorful record.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

I also think it’s better than the first or second installments: slightly more ambitious and slightly more layered.

82
Sputnikmusic

RTJ 3 is both a sprinter’s dip and a victory lap – it is neither as sinewy as RTJ 1 nor as effusively vivacious as 2014’s RTJ 2, but still finds itself imbibed with the kind of assured professionalism that is only permitted to those who have previously done enough to be granted a low-pressure outing.

80
XXL
If this dynamic duo can keep their rebellious spirit alive without beating it to death, they’ll continue to thrive.
80
Rolling Stone

Run the Jewels can still detonate rhymes like a Molotov cocktail lobbed into a CVS, but now they're strategizing for the long war ahead.

80
The Guardian

The formula is probably becoming familiar, but its time is now.

80
NOW Magazine

This album is full of bangers and achieves what so many hip-hop heads, old and new, are longing for: music with a message, loud and clear.

76
HipHopDX

RTJ3 ultimately mirrors the sentiment of too many movie franchise sequels that make the brand go stale.

70
American Songwriter

For the most part, Run the Jewels 3 is not intent on breaking new ground but rather on cementing the fruitful dynamic between El-P and Killer Mike.

70
Clash

Thankfully there’s enough gold at hand to excuse Run The Jewels for getting a little bit carried away with their own runaway success.

60
Slant Magazine

Run the Jewels 3's status as a credible but not quite compelling call to arms serves as a reminder of how difficult hip-hop partnerships are to sustain and how much the genre relies on novelty and innovation.

BuffaloStaple
88
Overall, I love this album, I'd argue that RTJ2 is definitely a superior album, but still this definitely still sonically feels like a musical advancement for the duo and i'm in no way disappointed. The great songwriting found on RTJ2 isn't quite as potent here, in fact this album is more what I would have expected them to follow up their first album with, I feel like this should have been RTJ2 and RTJ2 should be RTJ3. To me, this is essentially the first album but now the beats are harder, the ... read more
SiberianBreaks
50
I'm a lover of everything Run the Jewels have put out since their excellent debut back in 2013 to their monstrous sequel effort - a near-perfect collaboration at both times that delivered with colourful, hard-hitting beats as incredibly as it did with socially-conscious themes. So with this new "christmas fucking miracle," I'm only left just utterly confused.

Am I really missing something here or am I just not hyped enough for this because at such a controversial and effecting ... read more
Bang
95
Biggest and baddest record of the year. And there are quite a few big, bad records it had to compete with.
AngusBeef
90
A Christmas Fucking Miracle
Zkull
76
Fav songs: Down, A Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters, Call Ticketron.

Edit: I'm getting a lot less satisfaction from the more familiar tracks than I did before. Neither bad nor the best RTJ album.
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Track List
  1. Down [ft. Joi Gilliam]
  2. Talk to Me
  3. Legend Has It
  4. Call Ticketron
  5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) [ft. Danny Brown]
  6. Stay Gold
  7. Don’t Get Captured
  8. Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost) [ft. Tunde Adebimpe]
  9. 2100 [ft. Boots]
  10. Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix) [ft. Trina]
  11. Everybody Stay Calm
  12. Oh Mama
  13. Thursday in the Danger Room [ft. Kamasi Washington]
  14. Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters


Added on: December 1, 2016