Run the Jewels 3

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Run the Jewels 3
RunTheJewels3.jpg
Studio album by Run the Jewels
Released December 24, 2016 (2016-12-24)
Recorded January 2015 – September 2016
Studio
  • RTJ
  • Pulse, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cosmic Zoo, Los Angeles, CA
  • UTTRB, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Hip hop
Length 51:27
Label
  • Run the Jewels, Inc.
  • RED
Producer
Run the Jewels chronology
Meow the Jewels
(2015)
Run the Jewels 3
(2016)
Singles from Run the Jewels 3
  1. "Talk to Me"
    Released: November 4, 2016
  2. "2100"
    Released: November 11, 2016
  3. "Legend Has It"
    Released: December 2, 2016
  4. "Kill Your Masters"
    Released: January 20, 2018

Run the Jewels 3 is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Run the Jewels, which consists of rappers El-P and Killer Mike. It was digitally released on December 24, 2016,[1] three weeks ahead of its slated release date,[2] and was physically released on January 13, 2017, by Run the Jewels, Inc. and RED Distribution.[3] This album serves as the follow-up to their 2014 album, Run the Jewels 2. The album features guest appearances from Danny Brown, Joi, Trina, Boots, Tunde Adebimpe, Zack de la Rocha, and Kamasi Washington.[4] It was supported by four singles: "Talk to Me", "2100", "Legend Has It" and "Kill Your Masters". Similar to Run the Jewels 2, it was released as a free download on their website as well as being physically released on CD and LP.[5]

Much like its predecessors, Run the Jewels 3 received widespread acclaim from critics and debuted at number 35 on the US Billboard 200. It also debuted at number eight on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. As of January 2017, it has sold 41,000 copies.[6]

Background[edit]

Run the Jewels 3 was first announced on December 14, 2014. Killer Mike announced that work on the album began in January 2015.[7] On September 27, 2016, El-P confirmed that all of the album had been recorded.[8]

Singles[edit]

The album's first single, "Talk to Me", was originally released on October 24, 2016, on Adult Swim's 2016 singles program.[9] It was later released as the lead single of the album on November 4, 2016.[10] The album's second single, "2100", was released on November 11, 2016. It features a guest appearance from American musician Boots.[11] The album's third single, "Legend Has It", was released on December 2, 2016.[12] Excerpts from "Legend Has It" were prominently used in the first teaser trailer for the 2018 Marvel movie Black Panther.[13] The first teaser trailer, which premiered during Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals, was viewed 89 million times in 24 hours[14] and was more tweeted about than the game itself. The album's fourth single, "Kill Your Masters", was released on January 20, 2018.[15]

Artwork[edit]

In an interview with Spin, Run the Jewels discussed the meaning of the album's cover art:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.5/10[16]
Metacritic88/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[18]
The A.V. ClubB+[19]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[20]
The Guardian4/5 stars[21]
The Independent4/5 stars[22]
NME5/5 stars[23]
Pitchfork8.6/10[24]
Q4/5 stars[25]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[26]
ViceA−[27]

Run the Jewels 3 received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 88, based on 34 reviews.[17] In Vice, Robert Christgau said the duo were "funnier, hookier, and kinder as well as brainier and more political" than before,[27] while Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot called the record "an album that megaphones its restlessness while retaining its wicked sense of fun".[20] Dan Weiss of Consequence of Sound said, "So the blessing and the curse of Run the Jewels 3 is that it's still a Run the Jewels album, a promise that every song is good, nothing is bad, and depending on your mood you'll either bask in the lack of tempo changes, pulchritudinous song structures, and surprising hooks, or you'll seek out a more colorful record."[28] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic said, "In short, RTJ3 is near perfect in its execution. They're so good at this that it seems almost unfair in its effortlessness."[18] Clayton Purdom of The A.V. Club said, "Three albums deep, Killer Mike and El-P sound as hungry as ever, and the world is still full of Caesars with ripe throats."[19] Paul MacInnes of The Guardian said, "The formula is probably becoming familiar, but its time is now."[21] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent said, "Killer Mike and El-P bring typically sharp, visceral observations, chugging beats and superb guest artists onto their most successful studio effort to date."[22] Joe Madden of NME said, "There's tonnes of fun to be had from absorbing the duo's fury, and El-P's sci-fi beats are as thrillingly big 'n' bad as ever."[23] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork said, "It isn't quite as punchy as RTJ2, which was brutish in its tactics, with nonstop bangs and thrills, but RTJ3 is a triumph in its own right that somehow celebrates the success of a seemingly unlikely friendship and mourns the collapse of a nation all at once."[24]

Keith Harris of Rolling Stone said, "Lyrically, there no lack of muscular skill-flexing. ... Run the Jewels can still detonate rhymes like a Molotov cocktail lobbed into a CVS, but now they're strategizing for the long war ahead."[26] Joseph Mathieu of Exclaim! said, "If "bloody", "urgent", "enraged" and "heartening" were enough description to sum up El-P and Killer Mike's latest Run the Jewels album, this review could end here. But they aren't; this late 2016 LP, along with the duo's various collaborative tracks with several DJs and rappers all year, have officially placed RTJ high on the shelf of the "hard to describe" category."[29] Steve "Flash" Juon of RapReviews.com said, "The irony of releasing three beautiful albums it that even a great album like "RTJ3" can still wind up being ranked third in descending order. As good as it is nothing here can top "Crown", "Angel Duster" or "Early" for me. By no means is this in any way a negative. It's like saying you're going to listen to your third favorite Ice Cube or third favorite Michael Jackson album—you're still going to wind up listening to some brilliant shit over and over again no matter what."[30] Scott Glaysher of XXL said, "In the grand scheme of rap music, Killer Mike and El-P get more and more niche with each project they release together and this new album is no different. If this dynamic duo can keep their rebellious spirit alive without beating it to death, they'll continue to thrive."[31] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine said, "The level of discourse on Run the Jewels 3 may be higher than your standard hip-hop grandstanding, and the references may be current and the beats may be more intense, but the album remains too entrenched in the grammar of the past to ever feel entirely fresh."[32]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Exclaim! Exclaim!'s Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums of 2017
5
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2017
4
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2017
29
PopMatters The 60 Best Albums of 2017
33
Rough Trade Albums of the Year
22
The Skinny The Skinny's Top 50 Albums of 2017
7
Slant Magazine The 25 Best Albums of 2017
10

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by El-P and co-produced by Little Shalimar and Wilder Zoby, except "Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix)", co-produced by Boots, Little Shalimar and Wilder Zoby.

Run the Jewels 3[40]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Down" (featuring Joi)3:29
2."Talk to Me"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
2:31
3."Legend Has It"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3:25
4."Call Ticketron"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3:18
5."Hey Kids (Bumaye)" (featuring Danny Brown)
3:11
6."Stay Gold"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3:27
7."Don't Get Captured"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3:12
8."Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost)" (featuring Tunde Adebimpe)
4:02
9."2100" (featuring Boots)
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
  • Boots
4:01
10."Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix)" (featuring Trina)
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3:41
11."Everybody Stay Calm"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
2:58
12."Oh Mama"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3:36
13."Thursday in the Danger Room" (featuring Kamasi Washington)
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
4:22
14."A Report to the Shareholders / Kill Your Masters"
6:14
Total length:51:27

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional writer
  • "Legend Has It" features uncredited vocals from Emily Panic
  • "Kill Your Masters" features uncredited vocals from Zack de la Rocha

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[41]

Musicians

  • El-P – composer, vocals (all tracks)
  • Killer Mike – composer, vocals (all tracks)
  • Tunde Adebimpe – featured artist, additional vocals (track 8)
  • Mike Bones – additional guitar (track 11)
  • Boots – additional vocals, additional songwriting (track 8), composer, featured artist (track 9)
  • Danger Mouse – piano (track 8)
  • Danny Brown – featured artist, composer (track 5)
  • Zack de la Rocha – songwriting (track 14)
  • Joi – featured artist (track 1)
  • Michael Marie Render – additional vocals (track 5)
  • 'Lil Zoby Poundstone Schwartz – additional drum programming (track 7)
  • Grace Strother – additional vocals (track 5)
  • Gabrielle Strother – additional vocals (track 5)
  • Matt Sweeney – additional guitar (tracks 5, 6)
  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova – additional vocals (track 14)
  • Trackstar the DJ – scratches (tracks 2, 7)
  • Kamasi Washington – featured artist, horns (track 13)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[42] 36
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[43] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[44] 32
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[45] 107
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[46] 34
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[47] 49
French Albums (SNEP)[48] 140
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[49] 59
Irish Albums (IRMA)[50] 47
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[51] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[52] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[53] 38
US Billboard 200[54] 13
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[55] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[56] 2
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[57] 5
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[58] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States December 24, 2016 Digital download
  • Run the Jewels, Inc.
  • RED
[1]
January 13, 2017 CD [2]

See also[edit]

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