El-P continues to eclipse himself on every new Run The Jewels cut. I’ve already expressed my deepest awe for his work on “Blockbuster Night Part 1” and the colossal beats on “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” are equally monumental. El-P and Killer Mike, the world’s most consistent rapper alive, are here joined by none other than Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha on lyrics. As expected, Zach is no match for the duo’s razor-sharp lyric-swapping victory laps, but he does his best to keep things interesting while entertainingly referencing Rakim and Miles David’s Bitches Brew.
So, if you feel this year is lacking a truly great hip hop record, then the duo’s upcoming second album should be your best bet for turning it around. RTJ2 is dropping October 28 on Nas’ imprint Mass Appeal.