By: Staff –
Run The Jewels, the firebrand rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have announced their hugely anticipated third album, RTJ3, which is set for release on January 13th. Full tracklist below
The album will be available in several formats, including free download (as always), CD, LP, and is available for preorder now via www.runthejewels.com.
The announcement arrives on the heels of the recently released new songs “2100 (ft. BOOTS)” and “Talk To Me”. The album features a cadre of guest performers, including Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Trina, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and more, but the new album is first and foremost about the explosion of creativity born from the unique collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P, a partnership-turned-friendship that has pushed both rappers to new heights in their storied careers.
On their third offering, Run The Jewels have turned their iconic “pistol & fist” imagery (conceived by El-P & drawn by Nick Gazin) 3D, rendering the original album cover concept as a sculpture of the hands cast in metal, chromed, and gold-plated. The resulting statues were beautifully photographed & brought to life by frequent collaborator Tim Saccenti, and grace the new album cover. RTJ has this to say about the artwork:
“For us, the RTJ1 hands were about ‘taking what’s yours’ – your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which for us represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel.”
Last but not least, in celebration of the album announcement, the duo have dropped “Legend Has It”, the third new song from RTJ3. The track showcases the relentless back and forth lyricism, indelible chemistry, humour, and bombast that Killer Mike and El-P are known and loved for. The song, and the entire album, was produced by El-P, and co-produced by Little Shalimar & Wilder Zoby. Stream the track below.
Run the Jewels will be also be performing at tonight’s Video Game Awards in Los Angeles, which you can live-stream here http://thegameawards.com/watch/
1. Down (feat. Joi Gilliam)
2. Talk To Me
3. Legend Has It
4. Call Ticketron
5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) (feat. Danny Brown)
6. Stay Gold
7. Don’t Get Captured
8. Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
9. 2100 (feat. BOOTS)
10. Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix) (feat. Trina)
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Oh Mama
13. Thursday in the Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)
14. Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters