10.Run the Jewels-Run the Jewels
Killer Mike and El-P were coming off a strong 2012 with their respective solo albums R.A.P Music
and Cancer 4 Cure
nabbing a ton of praise and putting them both back at the top of the underground hip-hop radar. 2013 proved to be even better as the two teamed up for a full-length album under the name Run the Jewels and released a 10-track, 33-minute hip-hop assault of straight bangers with absolutely no filler. The rapport between Killer Mike and El-P is truly special. Their styles are different as Killer Mike has a southern tinge while El-P veers into abstract territory, but compliment fit each other perfectly because of the intensity they both bring on the mic. I also loved the friendly competition vibe of the album. Mike and El-P are trying to top each other on each and every verse, which makes them both go even harder than usual, which makes for great listening and an awesome throwback to the days of battle raps. Run the Jewels
has all the energy, pissed-off verses, grimy, electronic beats and lyrical brilliance that I expected from a Killer Mike and El-P collaboration.
3.Run the Jewels