Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
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Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #15 / 955
Year End Rank: #34
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Based on 658 ratings
2013 Ratings: #32
June 26, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Sputnikmusic

Run The Jewels is no exception to the group's preexisting cannon of groundbreaking releases. 

90
The 405

It's still going to take a much stronger, more original, and more distinctive album than Yeezus to knock this off its perch as rap album of the year so far.

86
Paste

It’s powerful in both delivery and in effect, without being heavy-handed or sacrificing form. Both rappers take the opportunity to show their longtime supporters that they were right all these years, that they bet on the right horses. 

85
Pitchfork

It's just a distilled take on everything that made last year's albums such an event, with all the chrome ripped off and upholstery pulled out so it'll run faster, louder, nastier.

83
Beats Per Minute

This is sound of two dons recognising their rightful place at the top of the summit, surveying their kingdom and proceeding to piss all over it. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Run the Jewels ... is the very synthesis of El-P and Mike’s shared admiration and cohesive worldviews, an effort of the purest collaboration and mutual understanding.

80
FACT Magazine

Run the Jewels is savage and witty, rich in gritty truths and genuinely affecting wisdom. It may not be the best thing either artist has done, but fans of both will still find plenty to love.

80
DIY

It's a swaggering victory lap for two artists at the peak of their creativity; it's a record that sees their talents fused in the most cohesive way; it's a coming together of immense talents.

80
Drowned in Sound

They have the dynamic of a vintage rap twosome, complete with the vocal cues and set-up lines that you just don’t get from artists operating out of different studios. 

80
HipHopDX

It’s a harsh listen that’s likely more obscure to casual, Top-40 listeners than R.A.P. Music. That’s too bad for them, because Mike and El-P seemingly unleash every item in their B-boy tool kit this time around. 

80
Spin

This quick, free joint project is comparatively frizzy, and doesn't leave a bruising stain of forced mind expansion -- just a pleasant memory of good times had by reclaiming “jewels” from the corporate overlords of mainstream rap

zachthesnack
80
Most of the album went in, but Twin Hype Back made me feel so god damn uncomfortable when they were talking about putting molly in a girls drink and shit, I can't give this any higher of a score.
BruhMan
85
RUN RUN RUN!

FAVORITE TRACKS: Run the Jewels, Banana Clipper, 36" Chain, DDFH, Sea Legs, Get It, Job Well Done & A Christmas Fucking Miracle.

LEAST FAVORITE: Twin Hype Back
exception
92
killer mike and el-p have some of the rawest verses over stellar beats
fav tracks: a christmas fucking miracle, 36" chain, run the jewels, ddfh
EDIT: if a christmas fucking miracle isn't one of the most well written, produced, executed, and underrated songs ever, than i don't know what is. it is by far my favorite rap song.
BuffaloStaple
84
An awesome collection of impressive hip-hop bangers, if you're a hip-hop fan it's hard to dislike what Killer Mike & El-P bring to the table here. Great bars, excellent delivery and stellar production front to back, what more can you ask for?

(p.s. if you can ask for more, odds are you'll find it in RTJ2)
InModeration
72
The first collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike has its highlights and its incredible bars, but it doesn't quite leave the impact that I would expect. Everything just feels a tad restrained. The rapping isn't very intense even if it is technically great. It's a good project. I just expect more from a collaboration between two artists of their caliber.

Lyrics & Themes: 7/10
Performance: 8/10
Arrangement: 7/10
Sonic Palette: 7/10
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Track List

  1. Run the Jewels
  2. Banana Clipper [ft. Big Boi]
  3. 36" Chain
  4. DDFH
  5. Sea Legs
  6. Job Well Done [ft. Until the Ribbon Breaks]
  7. No Come Down
  8. Get It
  9. Twin Hype Back [ft. Prince Paul]
  10. A Christmas Fucking Miracle
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