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  • Summary: Released a few days early (for free on their website), the fourth full-length studio album for the rap duo features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, Zack de la Rocha, DJ Premier, Josh Homme, Greg Nice, Mavis Staples, and Pharrell Williams.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    RTJ4 supersizes their outsider aesthetic without squandering any hard-won authenticity. Icy disquisitions on the missing soul of modern America jostle with good-natured boasts from the golden age of hip-hop, yielding a remarkable hit rate.
  2. 100
    RTJ4 is Killer Mike & El-P’s masterstroke. This is musical evolution for moral, social and political revolution, the group now creating anthems in the pursuit of tolerance, respect and unity.
  3. Jun 3, 2020
    95
    Above all, “RTJ4” is a triumph of all sorts of unexpected syntheses, seamlessly uniting disparate moods, styles and eras. ... If Killer Mike and El-P haven’t yet fully ascended to that most rarefied plane of telepathically attuned hip-hop partnerships — Q-Tip and Phife, Prodigy and Havoc, Erick and Parrish — they’ve come extraordinarily close.
  4. Jun 8, 2020
    87
    They treat hip-hop as a universal and political language that transcends identity, relying on the mechanics of the genre as a vehicle to tell meaningful stories, even if it means driving that vehicle directly into the building. RTJ4 is the perfect soundtrack to the revolution, especially the one not televised.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 30, 2020
    80
    This is the sound of RTJ staking their claim as one of the all-time great hip-hop duos. [Aug 2020, p.112]
  6. 80
    The result is hardly dry or academic: The palpable anger coursing through tracks like “Yankee and the Brave” and “JU$T” — the latter featuring Pharrell Williams and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha — feels as cleansing as an acid bath. And fury isn’t the only sensation the group articulates on its most emotionally complex album so far.
  7. The Wire
    Jul 10, 2020
    70
    It’s a strange brew, some distance from the monumental party music that has tended to characterise the duo’s three previous albums. [Jul 2020, p.50]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 58
  2. Negative: 4 out of 58
  1. Jun 3, 2020
    10
    "And everyday on evening news they feed you fear for free
    And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me
    And 'til my voice goes
    "And everyday on evening news they feed you fear for free
    And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me
    And 'til my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, 'I can't breathe'"
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  2. Jun 4, 2020
    10
    Soundtrack of 2020. Relevant songs, banger after banger, manifesto after manifesto. Favs: Yankee and the Brave, Ju$t, Out of Sight, Walking inSoundtrack of 2020. Relevant songs, banger after banger, manifesto after manifesto. Favs: Yankee and the Brave, Ju$t, Out of Sight, Walking in the Snow, A Few Words for Firing Squad. Expand
  3. Jun 5, 2020
    10
    Made an account to make sure more people know and hear of this album. An absolute masterpiece that managed to meet the incredibly highMade an account to make sure more people know and hear of this album. An absolute masterpiece that managed to meet the incredibly high expectations set by previous albums. "Walking in the snow" is a track everyone should listen, as both the MC's of the duo delivered probably the best verses we'll have in 2020. Expand
  4. Jun 4, 2020
    10
    What other rating can you give to an album this lyrically dense, this experimental in production and this relevant in message?

    No second is
    What other rating can you give to an album this lyrically dense, this experimental in production and this relevant in message?

    No second is wasted, the features only add to the message and are perfectly placed, while the undeniable, effervescent chemistry between EL-P and Killer Mike is better than ever.

    A set of dystopian tracks that sound eerily familiar to what we're living through, and bangers to help us through it.
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  5. Dec 26, 2020
    9
    Instrumentals fully on point, both voices are insanely talented, spitting absolute fire.
  6. Jun 3, 2020
    9
    This album could not have come at a more necessary time. The boys are as energetic and on point as ever. El-p's production remainsThis album could not have come at a more necessary time. The boys are as energetic and on point as ever. El-p's production remains interesting and unique. The subject matter, grimy bangers, and amazing features (I mean Pharrell and Zach De La Rocha on the same track come on) make this amazing Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2020
    0
    That's a **** album, **** delete it, it is boring af u know, I prefer her old albums

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