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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: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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 4, 2020
    90
    ‘RTJ4’ is a must listen. It is diverse enough to appeal to even the hardest crowds. Many genres are represented here, but lyrical hip-hop is at the forefront of all that Run The Jewels is. They stand out from the crowd, whilst invoking the people to stand up for themselves. There is not a bad song on the entire album and the production and features are second to none.
  5. Jun 5, 2020
    83
    RTJ4 centers protest music less explicitly than RTJ3 did, but the moments when the album is most pronouncedly in active revolt are still when it feels most essential.
  6. Jun 15, 2020
    80
    RTJ4 is exactly what you'd expect from two guys who have been down this road three times before without ever missing the mark. They see no need to step out of their comfort zone but have the ear and openness to adjust to their surroundings.
  7. Jun 9, 2020
    78
    RTJ4 is every bit as explosive as one would have hoped, and whatever it lacks in diversity it makes up for with strong writing. It’s a record born out of generations of racial tension and almost four years of near-dictatorship in the USA.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Jun 11, 2020
    10
    Front to back - no misses. So far it's this and Alfredo for rap album of the year. Impressive production even by El-P's standards. StrongFront to back - no misses. So far it's this and Alfredo for rap album of the year. Impressive production even by El-P's standards. Strong lyrical performance from both of them and all of the features are perfectly selected. Couldn't ask for anymore from them, lived up to the hype! Expand
  2. 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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  3. Jun 6, 2020
    10
    Run the Jewels continue to kill it while spreading the message. RTJ' s best production to date, Mike's verses hit harder than Ngannou.
  4. Jun 4, 2020
    10
    RTJ4 is the greatest hip-hop album I have ever heard, and it may be my personal favorite album of all time. All the lyrics cover relevantRTJ4 is the greatest hip-hop album I have ever heard, and it may be my personal favorite album of all time. All the lyrics cover relevant topics that are deep and insightful. The word-play is on point and most of the features are very good. The music is beautiful, and layered with the fantastic lyrics, this is one of the greatest albums of all time. Expand
  5. Jun 4, 2020
    10
    Instant classic. Mike and EL-P as insane as always, I'd even call this their best to date.
  6. Jun 5, 2020
    9
    What a perfect time to release these sound, black-empowering, and institution call-out anthems. Stellar and next-level productions areWhat a perfect time to release these sound, black-empowering, and institution call-out anthems. Stellar and next-level productions are synchronizing the profound and hard-hitting bars from El-P and Killer Mike; blasts off the entire corrupt barriers, leaving it bare. RTJ4 sets the new zenith for Run the Jewels. Expand
  7. Jun 8, 2020
    2
    RTJ has proven to be one of the most poignant lyrically charged rap groups in an era when lyricism is being dumb-downed in favour ofRTJ has proven to be one of the most poignant lyrically charged rap groups in an era when lyricism is being dumb-downed in favour of repetitive and earcandy sounds. The lyrics reflect now but the only problem I have with the album being that, like a twitter hashtag tag it won’t live longer before devoted fans shelve the project and go back to listening to RTJ2 instead.Problem with critics nowadays they are quick to call projects instant classics which reduces the weight of the word and its meaning. Expand

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