Run The Jewels – RTJ4 (2020) 10.9

Genre: Hip Hop
Rating: 10.9

Track List:
1. yankee and the brave (ep. 4) 2:27
2. ooh la la [ft. Greg Nice and DJ Premier] 3:04
3. out of site [ft. 2 Chainz] 3:21
4. holy calamafuck 3:58
5. goonies vs. E.T. 3:03
6. walking in the snow 3:56
7. JU$T [ft. Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha] 3:25
8. never look back 2:57
9. the ground below 2:32
10. pulling the pin [ft. Mavis Staples and Josh Homme] 3:37
11. a few words for the firing squad (radiation) 6:42

One day the long fought battle between humanity
and the forces of greed and division will end,
and on that day, finally free,
we will throw a motherfucking party.

-Ancient proverb, probably

We are so lucky that RTJ exists. 4 bangs hard. It may be the most important album of 2020 and maybe the most important album of the 2020’s. Dropped during the COVID-19 lock down at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests. RTJ4 is a protest album full of fury and despair and yet somehow, between El-P’s beats and Killer Mike’s charisma, the outrage sounds like this super inviting party. The album is designed to bring about change by bringing you in. You’re invited. Hell, the album is free; no cover at the door.

And, this party has some cool people at it including Greg Nice, DJ Premier, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Mavis Staples and Josh Homme. I would be a miss not to highlight Mavis Staples feature on ‘pulling the pin’. When she sings “There’s a grenade in my heart, and the pin is in their palm” I get shivers down the spine.

So throw on RTJ4, dance, and get angry, because you are invited to this party.

Favourite tracks: ‘pulling the pin’, ‘a few words for the firing squad (radiation)’ & ‘ooh la la’

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