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Traditionally there is a rush for blogs and publications reveal their best albums for the year as early as possible. At CM we have always featured this in January as a formal bookend for the year that was. Sometimes this plays to our advantage, like when hip hops dynamic duo Run The Jewels decide to drop an album on Christmas eve.

Having released their debut and sophomore in back to back years I was a little bit worried that El-P and Killer Mike didn’t have more RTJ goodies in 2015 ( ‘Meow The Jewels‘ not withstanding). Fortunately they came through with just a few days to spare at a time when their music is as necessary as ever.

RTJ3 is a laser guided missile straight to the heart of 2016 America. Taking aim at police brutality, social inequality and the political turmoil (“went to war with the Devil and Shaytan, he wore a bad toupee and a spray tan“), the subject matters are heavy and the production is often post-apocalyptic.  Still the enviable chemistry and instantly memorable deliveries guarantees this album will receive repeat visits for the next 4 years and beyond.