Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hip-hop track of the week: Run The Jewels

It's only Tuesday but I'm confident this is the best hip-hop track you'll hear all week - even if Kanye West Beyoncés his new album at 23:59 on Sunday.

Scratched with the glorious title Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck), it's a furiously thrilling counter-cultural bombshell from Outkast-affiliated rap duo Run The Jewels. Taking no prisoners from the outset, they lambast the Bloods, the Crips, the Police, the politicians, the army and the church (for "stripping kids... and telling them God will forgive them"). For bonus angry points it even features Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha, who practically spits out the politically-charged last verse in disgust.

Although Count Your Eyes is the third single from the duo's forthcoming second album, it's obvious the song will be a calling card for the rest of their career - something they acknowledge by making the chorus a cascading cut-up of their band name.


As reported by Rolling Stone, the Run The Jewels album (which was been made possible by crowd-funding) will be made available as a free download on 27th October.

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