Happy holidays Jewel Runners, Run The Jewels have unleashed their long-awaited third album Run The Jewels 3 three weeks earlier than planned. Their first full new record since 2014, it was initially projected for a January 13 release.
Stream the album below via Spotify or Apple Music, or you can download it for free right here while you wait for streaming to be made available.
The album was preceded by three singles – Talk To Me, Legend Has It and 2100, which was released unexpectedly after Donald Trump’s successful bid for the presidency. They also featured on one of the best tracks of the year, Nobody Speak by DJ Shadow.
The pair of Killer Mike and El-P released the following note along with the album:
For Our Jewel Runners Worldwide,
Fuck it. We couldn’t help ourselves. It just feels right. After a crazy fucking year and with a full tour about to set off we asked ourselves what we were waiting for… and we just couldn’t come up with a great answer. You’ve been with us since we started this thing and its made such a huge difference in our lives to have your energy and love. Thank you. So as a gift to all of you who have allowed us to continue to do what we love: RTJ3. We busted our asses on this one and we think we made something special this round. Grab it for free, buy it on any of the digital platforms you like or stream it. Physical copies will still be dropping in January as announced but until then: enjoy and we will see you on the road!
With our love,
Jaime and Mike.
The album was also teased by a hilarious promotional crossover video featuring the pair in a Portlandia sketch. In it, they consider new ways to create “the ultimate album drop”, including faking their own deaths, swallowing pills that contain the album on it and so on:
Listen here and check out the full track list below.
Read our interview with Run The Jewels: “Being raunchy and sexual is not offensive:” Talkin’ dirty with RTJ
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