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Run the Jewels Return with 'RTJ4' When We Need Them Most

Run the Jewels have always had a taste for action-movie hyperbole, but as they've powered through their careers, the lines between slapstick and real have almost ceased to exist.

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Run the Jewels' Verbal Broadsides Mix the Personal and Political

The dilemma across 2016 lay in how much politics to include in a creative project that began as a way for a pair of middle-aged solo artists to blow off steam and have fun making rap music together.

Randall Roberts
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Panorama Peaks with Sounds of Silver

Panorama closes out its first edition with the monumental return of LCD Soundsystem and an awkward performance by Sia.

Silas Valentino
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Run the Jewels: Meow the Jewels

The jewel runners go full Cheezburger, pointing claws and snatching collars in the finest feline-based album in the history of everdom.

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Run the Jewels - "Early" (video)

Socially conscious and musically inventive in the way we've come to expect from Run the Jewels, the animated video to "Early" is a real ear and eye-grabber.

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Counterbalance: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

One of 2014's most acclaimed albums is a dense, challenging effort from two wily veterans. Profanities and profundities abound in this week's Counterbalance.

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Run the Jewels feat. Zack De La Rocha - "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)" (video)

Run the Jewels take a track from their highly acclaimed Run the Jewels 2 LP and set it to a video that documents the rough reality of police violence in the United States.

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Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

A bluesy howl of addictive beats, political fury, and hypnotic technique, the sequel to Run the Jewels' triumphant debut bests the original in every way.

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Run the Jewels - "Blockbuster Night Part 1" (audio)

Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) have dropped a cut from their forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, "Blockbuster Night Part 1".

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Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) - "Get It" (stream)

The new song from hip-hop odd couple El-P and Killer Mike continues the synergy found on their outstanding 2012 solo efforts, finding the duo sliding into a masterful, sinister comfort zone that's the equivalent of two super villains doing battle over the world right before they decide to conquer it together.

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Duncan Sheik: Covers Eighties Remixed

Other people's versions of Sheik's versions of other people's songs. From the guy who brought you "Barely Breathing".

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The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

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El-P: Weareallgoingtoburninhell Megamixxx3

While the music is well-produced, and the beats are tight, and the fuzz is furious, it's still background music.

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Vordul Mega: Megagraphitti

While the hits on Megagraphitti far outweigh the misses, this album is still far from perfect.

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El-P: Ill Sleep When Youre Dead

Classic hip-hop sounds a lot different after you've filtered it through 1984, through the War in Iraq, through the Patriot Act.

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Mr. Lif: Mo Mega

Over the course of Mo' Mega's 11 tracks, Lif manages to fulfill just about none of our expectations.

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El-P: Collecting the Kid

For this disc, highly-regarded producer El-P gathers some of his rarities, outtakes, and soundtrack work into one place.

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El-P: High Water

Aside from the album's tenor, there are problems in the tension between songwriting and improvisation.

David Morris
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El-P: High Water

Quite simply, whether you're a Matthew Shipp groupie, a Def Jukie or even a Roc soldier, you need to hear this record, as it's probably the biggest step forward for hip-hop as a musical art form since Endtroducing.

Stefan Braidwood
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