Published Oct 24, 2014Working as Run the Jewels, the rapper-producer duo of Killer Mike and El-P have become one of the most adored team-ups in recent rap history. The pair were set to release the album in full next week, but they've decided to leak it early.
When someone launched an unofficial leak of RTJ2, the duo opted to just let the official album drop in full, and you can now download the LP for free here.
In an email to fans, they shared the following statement:
We just couldn't wait another damn day longer to share RTJ2 with you.
Thank you to all the jewel runners worldwide for all your support. It means everything to us. Please enjoy the music. It was made for you.
They also tweeted about the leak:
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL LEAK WITH FULL ARTWORK http://t.co/8u29pLI11O— el-p (@therealelp) October 24, 2014
The 11-song LP features guest appearances from Zack De La Rocha, Boots Riley, Travis Barker, Gangsta Boo and Diane Coffee. The album's official release will take place on October 28 via Mass Appeal Records.
Of course, that's not all from Run the Jewels, as the pair recently raised funds for Meow the Jewels, a cat-themed rework of the album that will feature Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Just Blaze, the Alchemist, Skywlkr, Zola Jesus, Nick Rook, Baauer, Prince Paul, Dan the Automator, the Coup's Boots and Solidified Sun.
As previously reported, Run the Jewels also have a pile of North American tour dates coming up, and you can see all those below.
10/24 Columbia, SC - Music Farm (Red Bull Sound Select)
10/25 Charleston, SC - Music Farm (Red Bull Sound Select)
10/31 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
11/01 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11/02 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
11/03 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle *
11/04 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
11/06 Dallas, TX - Trees *
11/07 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's *
11/10 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
11/11 La Jolla, CA - Porters Pub *
11/12 Pomona, CA - Glass House *
11/14 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine ~
11/15 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11/18 Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre *
11/20 Minneapolis, MN - First Line Music Café *
11/21 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11/22 Chicago, IL - Metro *
11/25 Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall *
11/26 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
11/27 Montreal, QC - Club Soda *
11/28 Boston, MA - Paradise *
11/29 New York, NY - Stage 48 *
12/30 Lorne, Australia - Falls Festival
12/31 Marion Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01/01 Sydney, Australia - Field Day
01/02 Byron Bay, Australia - Falls Festival
01/04 Busselton, Australia - Southbound Festival
01/07 Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre ^
01/08 Melbourne, Australia - The Forum ^
01/09 Brisbane, Australia - Hi Fi ^
01/10 Auckland, NZ - Town Hall ^
* with Ratking & Despot
~ with Despot
^ with Joey Bada$$
Read our cover story on Run the Jewels here.