Metal Blog Approved: Run The Jewels Release “RTJ2”

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The Toilet Ov Hell is a blog about metal, right? Edward, damn it all to hell. We have been over this. Oh, sure guys. Sorry. In News You May Have Missed but Absolutely Must Know About Right Now, the Toilet Ov Hell is happy to bring you this announcement. Run The Jewels leaked the sequel to their 2013 self titled Run The Jewels, RTJ2. Run The Jewels, a collaboration between rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike, was well received and highly praised by the popular media, hip hop heads, and the heavy metal blogosphere. Run The Jewels introduced us to their (fire)brand of confrontational, throwback, intellectual hip hop. Fans were given news of a sequel, expected to drop in 2014 on October 27th. It leaked preemptively, so in a modern attempt to combat low quality music, El-P and Killer Mike released the real album in the wee hours of the a.m. on Friday, October 24th.

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A direct link to RTJ2 was released via Run The Jewels’ website, major media outlets like Spin Magazine, Twitter, and spread on the internet like wildfire. I received this news via a rather archaic method, a text message from my BFF. I stopped what I was doing (playing BF4 on PS4, I had the day off work; also my KD is pretty weak) and rushed to my laptop to download and hear the new album.

Initial impressions? RTJ2 improves upon the excellent Run The Jewels, to no one’s surprise. Album opener “Jeopardy” begins with a brief spoken word/shout from Killer Mike; he raps first over a slow, woozy synth laden beat. El-P joins the party after two minutes on the first track. What worked so well on Run The Jewels continues here, these rappers compliment each other well, it’s hard to imagine this is only their second effort together, other than a feature here or there, and El-P’s production on Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music. “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” opens with tinny robotic voices reminiscent of El-P’s “Drones Over Brooklyn” before the beat drops. “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” transforms into something chaotic before the song’s finish, like artificial intelligence gone berserk. “Blockbuster Night Part 1” opens with a direct steady drum. The production, provided by El-P, leads Killer Mike and El-P through eleven tracks of party jams, fvck the police verses, gritty sex anthems, and the piano key laced closer “Angel Dusters”. These emcees reference the group name throughout, choruses, chants, and lyrics feature “run the jewels”, a reference to stick ups and old school New York hip hop. The lyrics also feature attacks on the powers that be, like El-P on “Blockbuster Night Part 1” raps, the fellows at the top are likely rapists / but you’re like mellow out just relax its really not that complicated. Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha is featured on the album’s fourth track, “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”, both on the hook and rapping a verse. Anyone remember when El-P and DJ Shadow were rumored to produce a full length rap album from Zach De La Rocha? It never materialized, but it was a cool surprise to see De La Rocha’s name on the credits here. The Coup’s Boots Riley is featured here too, credited as BOOTS on the album’s seventh track, “Early”. RTJ2 also features Travis Barker, Diane Coffee, and Gangsta Boo. The album’s sixth track, “Lie, Cheat, Steal”, opens with a menacing synth, later, Killer Mike calls himself a mixture of MJG and the Weathermen.

What doesn’t work here? Not much. Don’t mistake me, I am a fan of succinct music well done, but, one drawback is the album’s brief run time. Like its predecessor, RTJ2 is eleven brief tracks that blow by and leave you wanting more (Run The Jewels was ten brief tracks). I enjoy the last track here, “Angel Dusters”, but it lacks the same grand closing as Run The Jewels final track, “A Christmas Fucking Miracle”, which featured an absolute standout verse from El-P. Small complaints for an outstanding hip hop album released for free, and delivered directly to me on a Friday morning. If history is any indicator of future events, expect to see this on a lot of metal site’s end of the year lists.

You can download RTJ2, for free (that’s $0.00), on Run The Jewels’ website with an email address.

El-P and Killer Mike are Run The Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike are Run The Jewels


Run The Jewels have hit the road this fall/winter. I have seen El-P live twice, and Run The Jewels in support of their debut album. I have not been disappointed. Despot is yet to release one of my last greatly anticipated hip hop albums, his long awaited debut. Check out the rest of these dates and catch these boys on the road if you get the opportunity. I will be in attendance at the Minneapolis date.

10-31 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *#
11-01 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *#
11-02 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *#
11-03 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *#
11-04 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *#
11-06 Dallas, TX – Trees *#
11-07 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-08 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *#
11-10 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *#
11-11 La Jolla, CA – Porters Pub *#
11-12 Pomona, CA – Glass House *#
11-14 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine #
11-15 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *#
11-17 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *#
11-18 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre *#
11-20 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafè *#
11-21 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *#
11-22 Chicago, IL – Metro *#
11-25 Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall *#
11-26 Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall *#
11-27 Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda *#
11-28 Boston, MA – Paradise *#
11-29 New York, NY – Stage 48 *#
12-30 Lorne, Australia – Falls Festival
12-31 Marion Bay, Australia – Falls Festival
01-01 Sydney, Australia – Field Day
01-02 Byron Bay, Australia – Falls Festival
01-04 Busselton, Australia – Southbound Festival
01-07 Sydney, Australia – Enmore Theatre @
01-08 Melbourne, Australia – The Forum @
01-10 Auckland, New Zealand – Town Hall @

* with Ratking
# with Despot
@ with Joey Bada$$

Stay Void, Toilet.




Photos via & Run The Jewels’ website & Twitter
Tour dates via Pitchfork

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  • Edward

    I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is likely my favorite hip hop album of all time.

    Also, this video supports my above argument:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEmw5WXtkq4

  • DeadButtDreaming

    Between this and zither Freddie Gubbs/Madlib album, I don’t know which I enjoy more.

    Which is why I need Action Bronson to release his LP.

    • RICKY, STOP TALKING ABOUT SPACEWEED!!

      GL

    • Bronson is so dang talented.

    • Renan Ribeiro

      Plus next year we’ll get Kendrick Lamar’s new album which should be phenomenal.

      This year we also had a solid Schoolboy Q release.

      • DeadButtDreaming

        You had Logic release his debut. It basically sounds like maad city version 1.5

        • Renan Ribeiro

          I need to check this out. Also, the new Flying Lotus’ was good.

    • I don’t know what the hold up is on this album but hope it drops soon, I have high hopes that it will be jaw droppingly good.

  • Stockhausen

    Time for my bi-monthly effort to get into rap and hip-hop.

    • Edward

      There is no time like the present.

    • The Satan Ov Hell

      In before I am called a /mu/tant- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htl3XWUhUOM

      • W.

        You’ll find no beef with the death grippers here.

        • Edward

          inb4 I say Beware is one of my all time favorite hip hop tracks and W. says he is very partial to Artificial Death in the West.

          • i have you to thank for this. really enjoy Death Grips!

          • Edward

            It’s too bad they broke up, to very few people’s surprise.

            I missed the chance to see them live cause I counted on my buddy to get tickets, it is one of the few regrets I have music wise.

          • crazytaco_12

            I was gonna try to see them when they were supposed to tour with NIN and Soundgarden. The day I was about to buy tickets, I saw Death Grips broke up. Needless to say, I didn’t buy the tickets after that.

      • Renan Ribeiro

        This was considered their best song by the Pigeons and Planes blog.

        What do you think?

        • W.

          Beware and Artificial Death in the West are better, imo.

          • Edward

            Same time, srs.

          • W.

            I think I saw your inb4 before I typed.

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            Love Beware. I close my eyes and seize it! I clench my fists and beat it!

          • “I am the beast I worship”

          • dubble v

            Is Jane addicted to hearing “Beware” while she strolls “Up the Beach”???

          • Renan Ribeiro

            These are my favorites, along with System Blower.

          • NefariousDude

            Artificial death >>>>

          • NefariousDude

            Can’t forget Stockton tho

          • Simon Phoenix

            It’s all about “Lock Your Doors”.

          • W.

            Yes! Love that one too.

        • Edward

          Beware

          I’ve Seen Footage

          Birds

      • I need all Death Grips in my life so i can piss off my neighbors with these hard hittin bass dubs…Triple six, five, forked tongue

    • Xan

      Fret not if you can’t get into it. I actively despise the majority of it. I can stand about 20 minutes of the old hip-hop and rap like Dr. Drew and N.W.A.

    • Cock ov Steele

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffrdpBACctg If I can, you can as well.

    • Tyree

  • *fart noises*

    • Edward
    • Tyree
      • These guys are playing Abq w/Today is the Day in like two weeks….Fuckin stoked to get sludged, hard.

        • Tyree

          Oh wow! That’s going to be fucking insane!

      • Renan Ribeiro

        Riffs and song names for days on this one

        My favorite NOLA band… after Acid Bath

      • Xan

        King Shit (the message anyway) approved: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOgwAvCdt4

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu
        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Why leave it there?
          http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-gnwrLGMxHI
          Edit: Fuck Disqus!

          • Tyree
          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Does I get a cookie for winning?
            http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QScDSAoXlNs

          • Tyree

            You’ll get nothing and like it!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Nothing tastes as good as fresh nothing after a sweet victory.

          • Tyree

            BYAH!!!

          • Edward

            I dunno if this is a wise thing to do, but, I rather enjoyed the first Suicide Silence album. Listened to it more than once.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            For a brief moment. I was ready to confess my love for their third full length effort. So no sloppy feelings.
            (They are all hard)

          • W.

            I liked the second one. There, I said it.

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            I never liked it, but God damn did that album art tickle my giblets and get me to give it a shot.

    • Xan

      *prolapse noises*

      • Tyree

        Type “prolapsed anus” in Google images and press search. It’s a good time.

        • That’s fucking metal

        • God

          r/spacedicks is hours of fun

          • W.

            Oh you!

          • i made the mistake of googling

            I think i need to go home.

          • Death

            I hate you now.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Oh dog! Why?! Why is man curious?! Curse you!

        • Xan

          I’ve done this before and I shan’t be doing whilst drinking chocolate milk.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Damn good album by a great duo.

    Hip Hop is my favorite genre. Second favorite? It’s a cycle, really.

    • Edward

      … before heavy metal (and lately noise) had taken the top spot, I was super into underground hip hop. When it was still “underground”, before it was “indie”.

  • Tyree
    • Renan Ribeiro

      Tell me you didn’t like this song at least once lol

      • i didn’t like this song
        i didn’t like this song

        • Renan Ribeiro

          You can run from it, but you can’t hide. Embrace the shame, Jimmy. Be one with it.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          But I did it all for the nookie!

    • Lacertilian

      c’mon man,

      at least this stinker had Method Man sleep through it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA__arRdQ6M

  • I want more Sean Price jams and I want them now.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4APx9H6Tmc

    • Edward

      Aiyo the arm-leg-leg or arm, head Megatron Decipticon Sean duke you know my name.

  • Death

    Surprise surprise, I don’t like it.

  • God
    • Renan Ribeiro

      This guy is Über talented

      • The Satan Ov Hell

        Side’s from the growl there. All rasp, no gas.

        • God

          Yeah he should probably not try further gutteral death metal impersonations.

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            Could wreck his voice doing that. Like I did! I’m proud of my growl, but practicing from a young age has lead to permanent voice breaking when singing normally.

            Not to brag, but I think I do bolt thrower justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhOw4G1dFGs

          • God

            Not bad at all!

          • The Satan Ov Hell

            Sounded 40 when I was 14 from practicing it wrong, but worth it in the end.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Has anybody mentioned this yet? The Crown’s got a new song out, and a video too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1GXkEZu7Hc

  • NefariousDude

    Fingers crossed for the cat meow remix #meowthejewels2k14

    • Edward

      I heard that is definitely a thing, Meow the Jewels! I guess they raised more than enough in the Kickstarter and will give the proceeds to charity.

    • Elite Extremophile

      I’m on it.

  • Death
    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      It’s so goddamn Positif. No negatif.

      • Death

        It has members from Kuusumun Profeetta.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Swell. No wonder it sounded so good.
          Who is it? This here bassist?
          Also is Hämistynyt a good enough equivalent of Confuzzled?

          • Death

            Kuusumun Profeetta’s guitarist and bassist are in this band. I think there’s also a member of Magyar Posse, but I’m not sure. I guess hämistynyt could be good translation for that word.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Magyar Posse ftw! Shame they are completwly gone. Indie rock kings.

          • Death

            *post-rock
            Random Avenger was their best album.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            They themselves in an interview called themselves Indie rock. Though maybe post-cinematic atmosphere mixed with nu-prog elements is the best possible description. On that I agree with you.

          • Death

            Yes, Magyar Posse’s drummer is in this band.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Sweet.

          • M Shadows!

            Hai!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Is not a fish you know.

          • M Shadows!

            If Hai=shark, and Shark=fish, then Hai=fish, therefore it would seem you are incorrect. Perhaps buying Hail to the King will help.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            A Hai to the King certainly would help – to rid the world some certain figures.
            Furthermore it is my divine right to be incorrect at any given time, should I so choose.
            Ugh!

          • Death

            But it is a fish.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Tsek(ki) my comment below.

  • Rap Died on November 13, 2004

      • I wonder if the dunk he dipped his donuts into was #PSL?

    • God

      The day U.S. troops prevented a Red Crescent aid convoy from entering Falluja and took our Raps.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Indeed John Balance is deeply missed.

    • Edward

      I was just talking with Joe about this in the last few weeks, but if this dude had lived I think a lot of people might have considered him Wu’s best. Method Man said he was a bastard because there was no father to his style. It would have been awesome to see him grow and develop more, but, c’est la vie.

      • Max

        I’ve been waiting for an excuse to post this for a while now. It has arrived. You already know I’m not a massive fan of hip-hop. I do, however, love this:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsy9KRhGTys

        Believe it or not, this was Obituary’s intro music when I saw them live several years ago. It worked really well!

        • Edward

          I bet it worked great, I have long felt that hip hop and metal were like oddly related cousins, outsider culture, etc that sort of thing.

          When I saw El-P tour in support for his album ISWYD, before any of the acts went on, they just played Biggie’s Ready to Die on vinyl I always thought that was awesome.

          Oh! You might be interested to hear I am gonna cover When Pornography Is Not Enough for a post I am working on for this site, use it as a lead in and kinda talk about listening to it at midnight lol

          • Max

            Rad! I really need to come up with another noise-type record that you might like. I can think of a few, even though it’s not my area of specialty.

          • Edward

            If you can think of one, I would definitely be interested in checking it out.

        • Lacertilian

          As a fellow Aussie, I’m hoping you can appreciate the ex-Lyrical Commission member TREM’s latest stuff.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZGPFI1rJfs

          &

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQOYPbFZ9e0

          • Max

            Second one’s good.

  • This is one of the best albums of year in any genre. That Despot album would be nice and the Action Bronson album will be tops whenever that comes out as well.

  • Simon Phoenix

    As far as the hippy hop goes, Akrobatik dropped his new album a couple of months ago, which I got on CD. It’s mighty good.

    • Edward

      I really enjoyed Your Old Droog, who I swore to god to was Nas until it was revelaled that it wasn’t, in fact, Nas.

  • Edward

    Ha, my other comment got moderated cause of the prog band… I’m gonna copy paste with a slight edit.

    I’m an El Producto fanboy, I think dude is a genius and in his long career
    really has done no wrong. He hasn’t produced on anything bad that I can
    think of and all of his projects are fvcking stellar.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Who’s down with Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ijOe3sGEk

    • I often hear the words “DRUNK DRIVIN’ ON A WEDNESDAY” going through my brain.

    • Edward

      I love both this song and this video. All of these dudes just kill this shit.

  • Simon Phoenix

    While we’re at it, can Jeru the Damaja start being good again? That’d be great.

    Jeru The Damaja – You Can’t Stop The Prophet [Off…: http://youtu.be/rw3K8pZnTNY

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    But, but, where’s my metal?

    I can take a metal unrelated post once in a while, cause I’m a MAN!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    No.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    Nothing I love more than seeing suburban kids in Daddys BMW or Benz at the mall blasting the hip hop in the summer tryin to look all thugish….LOL. I would like to drop a few of them on the corner of Lake and Kedzie in Chicago @ about 10:00 PM in July just for kicks.