The duo of El-P and Killer Mike (tka Run the Jewels) will technically release their sophomore album, RTJ2, on October 28th via Mass Appeal. However, this morning, El-P tweeted a link to download the album for free. Grab it here.
Serving as the follow-up to the duo’s excellent 2013 self-titled debut, the 11-track effort features collaborations with Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha (“Close Your Eyes”), Blink 182’s Travis Barker, Beyoncé collaborator Boots, and Foxygen offshoot Diane Coffee.
In an interview with XXL, El-P described how people might react upon hearing the album for the first time:
They are going to jump out the window. They are going to run through the wall like the Juggernaut. It’s a relentless record and it’s got some depth to it that we didn’t touch on in the same way in the last album. Hopefully people just enjoy it and have an experience with it. We feel really lucky for having people paying attention. We’re trying to make something beautiful for people and something that gets us excited about music. Hopefully people feel the same way. You can only hope for that, hope for the best and that people feel connected to what you are doing. I think people are going to be amped off this music in a sense it’s the type of music that amps you up. There’s some moments of beauty on here that I’m really excited about. Me and Mike came together did some shit on here that we haven’t done before.
Pre-orders for the physical copies of album are ongoing. Below, watch the album’s behind-the-scenes mini-documentary, In The Woods.
In related news, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, the duo will remix the entire album entirely with cat sounds. While there’s no word on a release date, Meow the Jewels will feature a number of A-list producers and guest stars, including Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, Just Blaze, Zola Jesus, Dan the Automator, and the Alchemist, among others.
02. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
03. Blockbuster Night Part 1
04. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) (feat. Zack de la Rocha)
05. All My Life
06. Lie, Cheat, Steal
07. Early (feat. BOOTS)
08. All Due Respect (feat. Travis Barker)
09. Love Again (Akinyele Back)
10. Crown (feat. Diane Coffee)
11. Angel Duster