Throughout the last several years, Run The Jewels have become more than just a musical group. For many of their fans—myself included—they’ve also taken on the role of satirical philosophers, helping to fill the gap that visionaries like George Carlin and Gil Scott-Heron left in their passing.
During the fuckery that has been 2016, each Run The Jewels release has felt more like a sermon than a song, a declaration of unbridled freedom and critical thought to let people know they’re not alone in their fears, frustrations and general bewilderment in the midst of one of the most divisive times in our country's history.
Today (December 1), Killer Mike and El-P officially announced their next album RTJ3 (out January 13, 2017) with the release of “Legend Has It," and just like seemingly every release from the duo, my first reaction was holy shit.
“Legend Has It” finds Jaime and Mikey co-opting the Migos/Future-esque flow that’s been dominating the airwaves, taking a style usually reserved for an ode to Actavis or VVS’s and bending it to their witty, braggadocious will.
Run The Jewels are at their most potent when they’re trading bars back and forth, and that’s exactly what happens here with a simplistic hook of “woo!” allowing the focus to remain on the seething verses from Killer Mike and El-P. This song could’ve easily been titled “Ric Flair” based on both the hook and the overwhelming swag dripping from every bar.
With “Legend Has It,” Run The Jewels once again re-assert themselves as a guiding force through these weirdest of times, making us laugh and grab our nuts just as much as they embolden us to rise above a sea of bullshit to attain the holy grail of realness.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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