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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 130 Ratings

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  1. 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. 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 tooAlbum 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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  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-esqueAlthough 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. Expand
  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
    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!
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  4. 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 strongA 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. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2013
    8
    It's definitely a good album with good raps and subject matter, but the problem as always with Killer Mike and El-P is that they tend to just make good verses over good beats with no "it" factor that separates it from just two guys spitting over a beat. While definitely a good album, it has next to no replay value and I can't really see myself coming back to this one.
  6. May 3, 2014
    8
    This is definitely a good album. Though I have to disagree with some of the other reviews that make this out to be the Album of the Year. The Album features some great beats by El-P, Killer Mikes incredible flow and some nasty Verses. But all in all it's one of those good albums that make you go "meh", after the 10th listen.
    It's just not that impressive over all. It doesn't have a lot of
    This is definitely a good album. Though I have to disagree with some of the other reviews that make this out to be the Album of the Year. The Album features some great beats by El-P, Killer Mikes incredible flow and some nasty Verses. But all in all it's one of those good albums that make you go "meh", after the 10th listen.
    It's just not that impressive over all. It doesn't have a lot of weaknesses, but also nothing that really makes it great.

    A few months after the release I have never really had the urge to check back to listen to the full album. Which is disappointing.

    Still this is a pretty good album and most definitely a must-listen for 2013.
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  7. May 9, 2015
    7
    This album's pretty good. There are some parts that feel stale or repetitive before the song's even over ("Job Well Done," "No Come Down") but there are enough interesting beats and fuzzy, heaving basslines to keep most people interested. Highlights: "Run The Jewels," "36" Chain," "A Christmas **** Miracle."
  8. Dec 8, 2014
    8
    My question of "Who is Run the Jewels?" was quickly, abruptly, and violently answered after just one listen to this vibrant pair's newest creation, a fast-paced, 33-minute tornado of audio anger. These guys just seem angry at everything, and that's what makes this mixtape incredible: their energy off one another and vicious lyrics over the hard-banging industrial beats makes this one ofMy question of "Who is Run the Jewels?" was quickly, abruptly, and violently answered after just one listen to this vibrant pair's newest creation, a fast-paced, 33-minute tornado of audio anger. These guys just seem angry at everything, and that's what makes this mixtape incredible: their energy off one another and vicious lyrics over the hard-banging industrial beats makes this one of 2013's most unexpected, but exhilirating, listens. Expand
  9. Feb 11, 2015
    8
    I love Killer Mike and El-P's attitudes on this album. They're not necessarily trying to prove anything; they just sound like they're having fun in a braggadocious way. This album is filled with awesome hooks and well-written verses by both rappers, and they balance each other out well. It's remarkable that they're so in sync with each other in this way. My only gripe about this album areI love Killer Mike and El-P's attitudes on this album. They're not necessarily trying to prove anything; they just sound like they're having fun in a braggadocious way. This album is filled with awesome hooks and well-written verses by both rappers, and they balance each other out well. It's remarkable that they're so in sync with each other in this way. My only gripe about this album are that the flows can remain similar throughout the album (not to say they're exactly the same). Other industrial rappers like Daveed Diggs of clipping. provide a vast variety of flows throughout their albums, and that gives them the edge. Otherwise, awesome to listen to multiple times, and at high volumes. Love it. Expand
  10. Mar 11, 2015
    8
    Killer Mike et son important acolyte El-P ont fait naître le duo Run the Jewel en 2013. Un véritable pied de nez au hip-hop industriel et commercial dominant les radios du prêt à écouter. Musicalement, c’est El-P qui offre la plus belle alternative au sein du groupe. Il a oeuvré longtemps dans les sphères ombragées du milieu en plus de travailler le son de sa musique toujours dans le dansKiller Mike et son important acolyte El-P ont fait naître le duo Run the Jewel en 2013. Un véritable pied de nez au hip-hop industriel et commercial dominant les radios du prêt à écouter. Musicalement, c’est El-P qui offre la plus belle alternative au sein du groupe. Il a oeuvré longtemps dans les sphères ombragées du milieu en plus de travailler le son de sa musique toujours dans le dans le but d’arriver à quelque chose d’alternatif. Killer Mike impose son agressivité en portant ses textes violemment au microphone «- God damn fat bastard, where that **** casket? -But naw baby you gon' get this here vertical -Every word murderful -Surgical, painful, purposeful». Le mixe des deux hommes sur l’album de 33 minutes est certes trop court, mais il nous offre des chansons aux arrangements parfaits de musicalité et de lyricisme.Un album grandement apprécié dans les circonstances où Drake a été considéré par plusieurs comme l’artiste hip-hop s’étant le plus démarqué cette année. Le hip-hop se doit d’être empreint d’une certaine rage et d’une revendication claire et nette. Expand
  11. Apr 19, 2015
    8
    very good, fun record!
    this album is incredible, having a wide arrangement of instrumentals and some great lyricism, and while this is no album of the year, it does have some really good stuff on it, and it's definitely something you should check out if you like rap music.
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 27, 2014
    80
    The electro-inspired beats and declamatory rhymes are just as uncompromising and unorthodox as before. [Oct 2013, p.107]
  2. 80
    It’s a masterful set, stuffed with brooding, industrial-synth beats.
  3. Jan 9, 2014
    100
    Run the Jewels is remarkably fun.