Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Friday Reviews

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Friday Reviews

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)

Old-school bully rap remains alive and well through the epically devastating efforts of Georgia bulldog Michael Render and former Def Jux prez Jaime Meline. Killer Mike and El-P are Run the Jewels, possibly the most unlikely duo-slash-redemption story in rap. Equipped with ill-intentioned flows and El-P's desire to run innocents down with Bomb Squad-influenced bass truck, Run the Jewels 2 gut-punches the competition into second place. "So fuck you fuckboys forever, I hope I said it politely/ And that's about the psyche of Jaime and Mikey," screams the monster Atlanta MC on "Jeopardy." Y'know, just so you know how they feel. "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" rumbles forward in the dark, then turns up into something more sinister. Night stalker "Blockbuster Night Part 1" is straight up Fight Club music. Mike, the resident bruiser, informs you, "No hocus pocus, you simple suckers been served a notice/ Top of the morning, my fist to your face is fucking Folgers." Eighties-era trunk bass powers "Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)," marking the return of Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha. Even with slower tempos on the back of the album, the open hostility never lessens. The apocalyptic "All My Life" belongs on the soundtrack to a Matrix sequel that actually should have been made. El nails it all down on "Early," which addresses urban over-policing: "They'll watch you walk to the store, they're recording/ But didn't record the cop when he shot, no warning." Standout closer "Angel Duster" provides a clear view of the socio-political foundations Run the Jewels are built upon, with Mike even hitting on the use of religion: "God really exists I tell you like this, it resides inside/ And anybody tell you different, just selling religion, tryin' to keep your ass in line." (4:15pm, Blue stage)

****.5

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