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Run the Jewels 2

Badass radical rappers smash the system

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El-P and Killer Mike

Michael Schmelling

On their second album as Run the Jewels, noise-loving Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P and Atlanta’s Killer Mike make the most explosive hip-hop you’ll hear all year. The best tracks give criminal-minded menace a radical edge: “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” is a prison-riot fantasy, and on the blazing “All Due Respect,” Mike hints at the roots of his messed-up ways: “Got left with a gun and a pit-bull terrier/And a note from my dad said I hope God carry ya.” It’s proof that there’s heart lurking beneath their many-splendored “fuck you.”

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