Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (Mass Appeal, 2016)
On Run the Jewels 3, Killer Mike and El-P—the men behind Run the Jewels—string together one of the most inspired rap records of the decade. With Killer Mike’s straightforward lyricism and El-P’s complex, indecipherable flow, the two make a great duo. Killer Mike and El-P’s chemistry is impossible to miss, as both rappers bounce off of each other perfectly. Each song is beautifully crafted, with El-P’s bass-heavy production resonating in the background. His beats are ear-shattering and complicated. They take all of the year’s trends in hip-hop and throw them out the window. While the music itself is dark and heavy, it’s made easier to listen to as Killer Mike and El-P’s raps slide like butter over the beats. The songs are catchy, introspective and heavy-hitting. Run the Jewels 3 is everything you’d ever want from a hip-hop album and more. It’s an early contender for album of the year.
Trial Track: “Legend Has It”