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  • Summary: El-P and Killer Mike's latest collaboration was released as a free download features guest appearances from Big Boi, Prince Paul, and Until The Ribbon Breaks.
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. Sep 5, 2013
    89
    The freshest, most exhilarating rap album of 2013.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Jul 31, 2013
    80
    The pair's Run The Jewels hits hard but has brains to spare. [Sep 2013, p.87]
  6. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    One of the best hip-hop records of 2013.
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    70
    The vibe is somewhere between the coherence of an album and the casual flow of a mixtape.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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.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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  2. 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!
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  3. 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. Collapse
  4. 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 justIt'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. Expand
  5. 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 newestMy 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
  6. 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 etKiller 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
  7. 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 havingI 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

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