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December 24, 2016 8:56 PM   Subscribe

It's a Christmas F*cking Miracle: Run The Jewels Just Dropped 'RTJ 3' [Noisey] The long-awaited third album from Killer Mike [@killermike] and El-P [@therealelp] is here ahead of schedule. With Christmas Day minutes away on the East Coast, Run The Jewels [@runthejewels] have released their long-awaited third studio album, RTJ 3. It's a Christmas Fucking Miracle [YouTube].
posted by Fizz (22 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
The RTJ site seems to be getting slammed right now, I haven't been able to connect since getting the email a few minutes ago.
posted by jason_steakums at 8:59 PM on December 24, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Noisey article says their site went down as soon as the album went up on iTunes.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 9:03 PM on December 24, 2016

Yaasss. Will listen to on way to/from in-laws tomorrow (assuming site's up by then).

Merry Christmas!/Happy Hanukkah!
posted by Fig at 9:19 PM on December 24, 2016

This album is siiiiiiiiiiiiiick so far, really enjoying it. Very lush, kaleidoscopic sound palette, looking forward to diving in further over the next week. Unexpected and unexpectedly fitting Christmas Eve music.

(Listening on Apple Music now with no problems, also no problem with download.)
posted by LooseFilter at 9:23 PM on December 24, 2016

Its up on spotify already too.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 9:26 PM on December 24, 2016 [4 favorites]

Here's the official direct download link, in case the site isn't working for you.
posted by Peccable at 9:29 PM on December 24, 2016 [8 favorites]

kind of in awe how exponentially run the jewels have grown over three albums. each release feels so much more ambitious and forward thinking than the last, but they all have unique sonic identities thanks to El-P. His beats have always felt like rap music from the future. RTJ3 continually reminds me that the future is here already, and it's all around us.
posted by JimBennett at 9:39 PM on December 24, 2016 [1 favorite]

It's 7am here and I just wanted to go to bed right now, but I guess I'm staying up.
Pretty excited..
posted by bigendian at 9:57 PM on December 24, 2016

And if the direct download link dies again - adding your address to their official store page gives you a direct download as well
posted by thecjm at 10:29 PM on December 24, 2016

It's like they target my specific rap nerd sensibilities with everything they do. I mean, a feature by da baddest herself, Trina? This is going to monopolize my listening for a while.
posted by ndfine at 11:31 PM on December 24, 2016

(also on Soulseek)
posted by Going To Maine at 11:42 PM on December 24, 2016 [1 favorite]

2016 is redeemed. Yesssssssssssss.
posted by Special Agent Dale Cooper at 12:13 AM on December 25, 2016 [1 favorite]

I've so needed this.
posted by persona au gratin at 12:41 AM on December 25, 2016

I need my teef
posted by thelonius at 1:45 AM on December 25, 2016 [3 favorites]

Their video announcement on Twitter was pretty funny
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 9:13 AM on December 25, 2016

This is a great fucking album.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:17 PM on December 25, 2016 [4 favorites]

This is what I need to wash the taste of 2016 out of my mouth.
posted by zinc saucier at 10:45 PM on December 25, 2016

This is really good. The development from the (amazing) last album is huge. I don't think it's as immediate in its impact as Run the Jewels 2, but it's funky and insidious in an entirely new way.
posted by howfar at 3:21 AM on December 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Excellent. Looking forward to listening to this...
posted by rtha at 5:46 AM on December 26, 2016

I never really got into RTJ2 despite its production merits, but dang this is starting strong.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:41 AM on December 26, 2016

“Run The Jewels 3 is available for free download,” Vlad Savov, The Verge, 26 December 2016
For a preview of what to expect from the new album, check out this interview with Killer Mike [Caution: Language].
posted by ob1quixote at 8:54 AM on December 29, 2016 [1 favorite]

The development from the (amazing) last album is huge.

I think so too. The quality of the rapping is way up, and the occasional sparseness harkens back to the golden age of rap duos. And that sparseness makes the tracks with your typical El-P Bomb-Squad-on-mushrooms production stand out all the more. El-P did a Red Bull Music Academy lecture/interview thing back in 2013 where he mentioned (and this is very roughly paraphrased) the difficulty in saying "finished" when it comes to his solo stuff. As time dragged on between RTJ2 and RTJ3 I kept thinking of that quote, tracking Run The Jewels progression from a "mix tape", to a bonafide group with a full album and huge tours etc. So now RTJ is the thing, not the side thing. If it means RTJ4 drops in 2020, so be it ... but it better be ~80 minutes.
posted by Lorin at 3:13 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

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