Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2

Mass Appeal

Dec 03, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

"I'm gonna bang this bitch the fuck out," yells Killer Mike before the opening track of Run the Jewels 2. It serves as a mission statement for the entire albumwho knows what these guys are angry at, exactly (possible targets include the government, other rappers, "fuck boys," and anyone who has ever overlooked them), or if their lathered delivery is just two guys at the height of their abilities daring one another to go farther, but damn if Run the Jewels 2 isn't a monster of an album. Even the single time the album really flirts with tired misogyny ("Love Again") is spun on its head with a colossally raunchy verse from female rapper Gangsta Boo that offers some equality to the whole affair. Whether it's rage or just two guys trying to make each other laugh with dark humor, RTJ2 stands tall in a year of weak hip-hop. (

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