The highly anticipated new album from Killer Mike and El-P, collectively known as Run The Jewels, has a release date. RTJ3 will see a worldwide digital release on January 13 with physical copies available in North America the same date and internationally on January 20. RTJ3 will be available in a variety of formats including the traditional free download, CD and vinyl. You can pre-order the album via RTJ’s website.
The record features an eclectic mix of guests including Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Trina, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and more. But what will no doubt drive the album is the fiery fluid chemistry between El-P and Killer Mike. The album artwork will feature the duo’s iconic “pistol & fist” imagery conceived by El-P and drawn by Nick Gazin, but with a new symbolic twist. RTJ had this to say about the new artwork, photographed by longtime collaborator Tim Saccenti.
"For us, the RTJ1 hands were about 'taking what's yours' - your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which for us represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel."
Following the singles "2100 (ft. BOOTS)" and "Talk To Me" Run The Jewels have shared a third from RTJ3. You can listen to “Legend Has It” and check out the new artwork below. RTJ will be hitting the road early 2017 in support of the album. Click here to browse AXS for select RTJ tickets.