Run the Jewels – RTJ2
The album seems a little too insular for my taste. The best tracks seem to come when Earl reaches outside of his usual collaborators (“Burgundy” The Neptunes, “Chum” Chad Hugo and “Molasses” RZA). So my issue is more with the production, lyrically the album is great.
I hope in the future that he collaborates with some new producers; his monotone delivery would work amazingly over some Alchemist productions.
Not suprised to see this as the pick for the week, just surprised that there is no mention of “Vanilla Raindbows” produced by Curtis Mayfield. He does spend a little too much time talking on the track, but the production is fantastic.
Solid list, I would switch the top 2 but really their placement in the top 2 suffices. Would be interesting to include Notorious Lightning & Other Works into the conversation, even if it was connected to Your Blues. It is only an EP but I am not sure if Destroyer’s Rubies would have happened without his collaboration with Carey Mercer.
In response to “Which begs the question: Why these guys and not those guys? ”
Because those guys came out of the gate with a great album. Even looking at an aggregate site you can see that those guys received a higher critical acclaim.
I just don’t see the point of defending or even discussing this. Mumford & Sons first album was meh and their second album is less than meh. They have found a middle road between shit and great, which equals mass popularity these days.
If I remember correctly, Dre and Jay Electronica are dropping a collaborative album this year.
Joey Bada$$’s lack of inclusion in the top 10 almost begs for a revival of #realtalk
What do you mean we don’t know anything about Rocky, he’s a pretty mutha fucka and Harlem is what he’s reppin’?
It is so rare that when three rappers collaborate on a single track that there is not a clear winner; all three bodied this track, and that includes Luda. Where has Ludacris been?
I was just glad to see Killer Mike get the much deserved nod, though he should have at least landed in the top 20. I would also put Kendrick in the top 10 but at least this list was better than Mojos.
As for the mixtape conversion, Joey Bada$$’s 1999 stands as one the most solid releases of the year.