Run The Jewels’ second free album RTJ2 looms imminent, and the first two tracks they shared, “Blockbuster Night Part 1” and “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” have been fucking our shit up hard. The same can be said of the brand-new, awesomely titled “Close Your Eyes And Count To Fuck,” a hammering, buzzing new track that the duo just shared. As previously reported, Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha worked with the duo on the new album, and he’s on this song, his voice chopped up into a Swizz Beatz-style hook. De La Rocha also has a sneering, bloodthirsty rap verse, and it includes a mind-bogglingly backpack-rap pun about “Philip A.K. Dickin’ you.” This is just a ridiculous banger and something that you obviously need to hear this minute. Listen to it and read an El-P quote about how De La Rocha came to appear on the song below.
We worked on music together in the late ’90s after Rage broke up but it never came out. We remained friends, though, and when I was in L.A. working on the record I bumped in to him literally on the way to the studio. He came by and listened to what we had and a day later was recording with us.
RTJ2 is out 10/27 on Mass Appeal.