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Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels

The two hip hop heavyweights unite on a free-to-download album, with limited physical copies

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  1. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A short, 33-minute record absolutely brimming with ten of the hardest bangers known to man
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  2. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    It's another career-defining moment for both of them, and a strong contender for one of this year's finest thus far
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  3. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    The record label's decision to put out Run the Jewels despite its free download status seems less like an inexplicable act of folly than a confirmation of its quality
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  4. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    An eminently engaging, engaged and constantly re-playable record
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  5. 9.0 |   The 405

    Rap album of the year so far
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  6. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    El-P and Killer Mike are stealing rap back
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  7. 8.6 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s powerful in both delivery and in effect, without being heavy-handed or sacrificing form
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  8. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    A distilled take on everything that made last year's albums such an event, with all the chrome ripped off and upholstery pulled out so it'll run faster, louder, nastier
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  9. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is sound of two dons recognising their rightful place at the top of the summit, surveying their kingdom and proceeding to piss all over it
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  10. 8.3 |   AltSounds

    It's concise but substantial, intelligent but forceful
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  11. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    There are guest turns from Big Boi and Prince Paul, but the real attraction is watching the immaculate play-off between the main men
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Hits hard but has brains to spare. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    What ultimately makes this more than a great album isn’t the teamwork or mutual respect, but that both men somehow leave the experience having evolved creatively
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  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    Immediately imprints itself as one of the best hip-hop records of 2013 so far
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  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    A swaggering victory lap for two artists at the peak of their creativity
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  16. 8.0 |   Fact

    Run the Jewels is savage and witty, rich in gritty truths and genuinely affecting wisdom
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  17. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Feels like the victory parade for rap music’s freshly crowned tag team champs
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  18. 8.0 |   Spin

    A pleasant memory of good times had by reclaiming “jewels” from the corporate overlords of mainstream rap
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  19. 8.0 |   NME

    A rough and rabid ride
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  20. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A masterful set, stuffed with brooding, industrial-synth beats
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  21. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Most everything here has the hard-edged head nodding properties of Cancer 4 Cure’s The Full Retard
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  22. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The vibe is somewhere between the coherence of an album and the casual flow of a mixtape
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  23. 6.0 |   Q

    The electro-inspired beats and declamatory rhymes are just as uncompromising and unorthodox as before. Print edition only

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