RUN THE JEWELS play the Hoxton on July 11. See listing. Rating: NNNN
A list of activities you might be inspired to try after listening to Run The Jewels, the eponymous new project from the El-P and Killer Mike partnership: karate chopping through a cement block, participating in an underground fight club, running through walls like Rhino in the 1960s Spider-Man cartoons.
While Jay-Z, Kanye, et al., compete to have the bestselling album of the summer, the frequent collaborators (El produced Mike's 2012 album, R.A.P. Music) have made one of the best hip-hop records of 2013 and put it out for free. Mike's aggressive Southern flow complements El-P's poetically paranoid rhymes as the pair attack crooked politicians, fake rappers and religious hypocrites over dark, electronic-leaning production.
It isn't all serious, though - there's a reference to dolphin sex, and on Twin Hype Back, Prince Paul shows up to describe his lady-wooing techniques (which involve trips to Long John Silver's restaurant and playing Uno). Here's hoping this fruitful partnership yields a sequel.
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