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. 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.
  21. 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.
  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
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 142 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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 mostA 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. N10
    Oct 8, 2013
    10
    Album of the year material. Nuff said actually when they've earlier proven their great projects together, as seen on last years "R.A.P.Album of the year material. Nuff said actually when they've earlier proven their great projects together, as seen on last years "R.A.P. Music". I love this, more, give us more of this. A duo that actually stands-out and fight each other with hungry verses, something the mainstream scene is missing out. An album like "Watch The Throne" just ended up boring at the end of the day, with too much "I'm giving you this, look I'm at the top just bragging about the dough I've got, *non competitive* with this poppy ass hook" and less "I'm going out with this raw verses, I'm the best, try and get me". See and learn, Killer Mike and El-P got this, their chemistry between each other is better than the most, that is what matter at the end.

    "Run The Jewels" is a fantastic record!
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  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 theMan, 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 »