Run the Jewels, a recently formed rap collective consisting of Killer Mike and El-P, are gearing up to release their second album Run the Jewels 2. Two days ago, they dropped one of the songs from the album, entitled "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" featuring Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine. The song sounds equally awesome as the title. Mike and El go in over looped vocals from Rocha, followed by an ending verse from Rocha. "Close Your Eyes" contains the fast-paced, savage word play typical of Run the Jewels. Two other songs from the album, "Oh My Darling Don't Cry" and "Blockbuster Night Part 1" have been released in the last month.
Additionally, Run the Jewels will be remixing their new album entirely out of cat sounds. As a joke, Run the Jewels announced a bunch of fake pre-order bonuses. One, entitled Meow The Jewels, costs $40,000 and would have El-P and Killer Mike recreate Run the Jewels 2 using only cat noises. Well, someone took it seriously and created a Kickstarter campaign to have this actually happen. Both El-P and Killer Mike have agreed to create the album if $40,000 is raised, and El stated that he would donate his share to the families of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. Well, the campaign gained popularity, and as of today, has raised over $48,000. This means that the album will be happening, and producers Just Blaze, Alchemist, Baaur, Boots, SKYWLKR, and others have agreed to help. Catch the real Run the Jewels 2 album on October 27, and look out for the release date of Meow the Jewels.
In unrelated news, Jay Rock dropped a new song "Parental Advisory" yesterday. This is the first official release from Rock in years, and is presumed to be part of his to-be-announced new album. Also, BJ the Chicago Kid dropped another song, probably his best recently, entitled "Good Karma".
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