“Fuck it, why wait? The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all,” El-P and Killer Mike said in a note accompanying the album’s release. “We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”
Though the album is available for free download, El-P and Killer Mike are encouraging their fans to donate to the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations fighting for justice and equality. The duo have posted a list of recommended charities on their website.
The new album reunites RTJ with Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, who previously collaborated with the duo on “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)”. The 11-song tracklist also contains a song featuring *both* Mavis Staples and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. Other guest contributors include Greg Nice, DJ Premier, Pharrell Williams, and 2 Chainz.
Discussing RTJ4 during an appearance on Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week, Killer Mike described the album as “like drinking a fresh cup of coffee and getting punched in the face, and then smoking a joint and getting a hug afterward.”
The release comes on the heals of Killer Mike’s viral speech amid last weekend’s Black Lives Matter protests, during which he made an impassioned plea to residents of his Atlanta hometown asking them to not vandalize their city while also expressing fury over the circumstances that led to the protests. During his appearance on Colbert this week, Killer Mike spoke further about the murder of George Floyd, the ongoing protests, and gave white Americans a homework assignment.
Run the Jewels 4 Tracklist:
01. Yankee and the Brave (Ep. 4)
02. Ooh La La (feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier)
03. Out of Sight (feat. 2 Chainz)
04. Holy Calamafuck
05. Goonies vs. E.T.
06. Walking in the Snow
07. Ju$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de La Rocha)
08. Never Look Back
09. The Ground Below
10. Pulling the Pin (feat. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme)
11. A Few Words for the Firing Squad (Radiation)
Run The Jewels 4 is out now – FREE on our website and avail everywhere you listen to music.
— Run The Jewels (@runjewels) June 3, 2020