Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Jan 9, 2014
    100
    Run the Jewels is remarkably fun.
  2. Jul 2, 2013
    100
    Killer Mike and El-P release a short, 33-minute record absolutely brimming with ten of the hardest bangers known to man.
  3. Dec 19, 2013
    90
    What makes Run The Jewels and Run The Jewels so enticing is that they only rap about what they know, and they do it well. [Sep 2013, p.98]
  4. Sep 5, 2013
    89
    The freshest, most exhilarating rap album of 2013.
  5. Run The Jewels is its own beast, and the combination of Killer Mike and El-P creating rap music together is one of, if not the most exciting thing happening in hip-hop right now.
  6. Jul 2, 2013
    86
    It’s powerful in both delivery and in effect, without being heavy-handed or sacrificing form.
  7. Jul 2, 2013
    85
    Yeah, it's a fun album, and it's probably the most affable thing they've done so far together. But don't take that for a weakness.
  8. Ultimately, this is sound of two dons recognising their rightful place at the top of the summit, surveying their kingdom and proceeding to piss all over it. And it sounds fucking glorious.
  9. Jan 27, 2014
    80
    The electro-inspired beats and declamatory rhymes are just as uncompromising and unorthodox as before. [Oct 2013, p.107]
  10. 80
    It’s a masterful set, stuffed with brooding, industrial-synth beats.
  11. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Run The Jewels is a document of true friends finding the fun in being very angry. [Sep 2013, p.66]
  12. 80
    In the end, it’s exactly what you would want and expect from the two skillful musicians. Run the Jewels is an album that was perfectly executed for the summer.
  13. Jul 31, 2013
    80
    The pair's Run The Jewels hits hard but has brains to spare. [Sep 2013, p.87]
  14. Jul 10, 2013
    80
    This is an unfettered, deservedly ecstatic victory lap that’s riddled with in-jokes.
  15. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    One of the best hip-hop records of 2013.
  16. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    It’s a harsh listen that’s likely more obscure to casual, Top-40 listeners than R.A.P. Music. That’s too bad for them, because Mike and El-P seemingly unleash every item in their B-boy tool kit this time around.
  17. Jul 3, 2013
    80
    Of the two rappers here, Killer Mike gets the most quotable lines, turning simple statements into punchlines and investing each syllable with a sense of rhythmic possibility.... Despite abandoning some of the more layered and mannered production flourishes of his solo work, El-P still packs these songs with stray details--the roar of a tiger, those gorgeous organs, the squeal of a dolphin--that can be jarring on first listen but gradually reveal themselves to be essential.
  18. Jul 3, 2013
    80
    This album is two veteran MCs going hard and loose, feeding off one another's energy and pushing one another to step their game up. It's definitely the start to a beautiful friendship.
  19. Jul 2, 2013
    80
    These 10 tracks comprise a head-and-shoulders-above collection that immediately imprints itself as one of the best hip-hop records of 2013 so far.
  20. Jul 2, 2013
    80
    It's a swaggering victory lap for two artists at the peak of their creativity; it's a record that sees their talents fused in the most cohesive way; it's a coming together of immense talents.
  21. 80
    Run the Jewels is the very synthesis of El-P and Mike’s shared admiration and cohesive worldviews, an effort of the purest collaboration and mutual understanding.
  22. 80
    Run the Jewels is savage and witty, rich in gritty truths and genuinely affecting wisdom. It may not be the best thing either artist has done, but fans of both will still find plenty to love.
  23. 75
    Run the Jewels not only surmounts Charybdis, but does so head held high, able to be considered--and enjoyed--upon its own merits.
  24. Jul 15, 2013
    70
    The vibe is somewhere between the coherence of an album and the casual flow of a mixtape.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 7, 2013
    9
    A collaboration of producer/rapper El-P and rapper Killer Mike is likely the best hip hop album of the year. The flow between the two in most every track (esp. Run the Jewels and Get It) is so fast and clever that you'll be picking up new lines upon multiple listens. No real tracks to skip, and El-P is such a strong producer giving the tracks themselves small nuances requiring a strong speaker system. Blows away anything the other popular Hip Hop tag team is spitting out these days. Full Review »
  2. Jul 4, 2013
    8
    Although this project isn't quite as strong as either of their solo albums in 2012 (Cancer 4 Cure; R.A.P. Music), it does show how well these two work together. Since this 33 minute album is free, there's no point in not getting it. So if you have the time, download this and be amazed by El-P's insane production and abstract lyricism, as well as Killer Mike's in your face, NWA-esque rapping. Oh, and BIG BOI. Full Review »
  3. Jul 3, 2014
    9
    Man, Killer Mike went from being an above average Atlanta rapper to amazing in a very short time. Not as good as 2012's RAP Music, Run the Jewels is still a worthy successor. The production from track to track is similar enough to make the album cohesive, but not similar enough to sound repetitive.
    El-P and Mike have very different styles, but they complement each other in all the right ways, even though Mike seems to be more in the forefront of the vocals than El-P is, El-P still contributes largely to what makes this such a great album.
    Also, they released it for free, so what are you waiting for? LISTEN!
    Full Review »