Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 3”

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE -

On its third al­bum in al­most as many years, hip-hop su­per­group Run the Jewels basks in a ma­jor cult fol­low­ing that has paid off for its mem­bers col­lec­tively and in­di­vid­u­ally. But collaboration has also meant com­pro­mise. As rap­pers, Killer Mike and El-P have never had much in the way of nat­u­ral chem­istry. And at times it can seem as if, in­stead of feed­ing off each other’s en­ergy, they’re only wait­ing their turn at the mic. “Run the Jewels 3” is their most ef­fec­tive work, in part be­cause it at least gives the il­lu­sion that they’re speak­ing to each other rather than shout­ing at the lis­tener. Af­ter be­ing joined at the hip for the past three years, they seem to be more in sync than ever. The weaker mo­ments suf­fer from some of the same short­com­ings that plagued the duo’s pre­vi­ous ef­forts, but with tal­ents as im­pres­sive as these, even the mis­fires give off sparks. —Harold Stall­worth, The Wash­ing­ton Post

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