Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels — the hip-hop super-duo featuring Killer Mike and El-P — put out Rolling Stone's Best Rap Album of 2014, Run the Jewels 2. Its blend of gritty production and old-school, confrontational rhymes mix condemnations of society's ills like police brutality ("Early") with good-time, chest-puffing braggadocio ("Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1"). It's a Molotov cocktail that plays out just as well live as it did in the studio, as they've proven lately on Conan and at their gig in a decommissioned Paris train station.