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Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #17 / 961
Year End Rank: #35
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Based on 864 ratings
2013 Ratings: #33
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

MasterCrackfox
78
Run The Jewels, the collaborative effort between underground MC and producer El-P and Killer Mike, exhibit a great deal of potential across their first release as a duo. Although not their strongest outing, the groundwork is laid for them to become one of the most successful hip hop acts in modern history.

The chemistry between El-P and Killer Mike is established immediately, bouncing back and forth and spitting sharp bars across tracks. El-P has always been known for his production abilities ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
88
Amazing

El-P and Killer Mike work too damn well over these raw beats. El-P often falls in the background, but his verses make his appearances apparent. Killer Mike sounds like Big Boi from the early 2000's and he never fails to steal the show. Not only is the album watertight, but their chemistry is excellent, and it's only going to become more believable the longer we run down the series.

Best: Run The Jewels, Banana Clipper, 36" Chain, DDFH, Job Well Done, No Come Down, Get It, Sea ... read more
Doofly
100
Run the Jewels is a iconic duo, and this is what started it all. Run the Jewels is a duo consisting of Killer Mike and the legendary EI-P. Both Artists are very talented, but when they work together it’s a whole new experience.

Run The Jewels starts off with a nice title track. It’s a excellent way of starting of the album. It’s intense and fast paste grabbing your attention immediately. The chemistry with EI-P and Killer Mike is great it so smooth. One of my favorite parts ... read more
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.
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.
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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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