Days after Run The Jewels announced they will be joining Rage Against the Machine on their sold out reunion tour, producer El-P announced that the hip-hop duo’s fourth studio album, Run The Jewels 4, is now finished.
Not too much is known about Killer Mike and El-P’s sequel to 2016’s Run The Jewels 3 besides confirmation that the band spent time working with legendary producer Rick Rubin in his Los Angeles studio. In November 2019, El-P tweeted that the album—which was first teased in 2017—was close to being finished, tipping fans to a record that would bear the duo’s signature grit and aggression. Now, it appears the final product is now ready to be heard.
“We’ve been going hard on RTJ4 and have a genuine excitement to share new music with you all,” the duo wrote in their June 2019 newsletter. “We stand behind our statement that this record is going to punch you in the f***ing face and burn everything in its path.”
El-P confirmed that RTJ4 will be available for free, similar to the release of the three previous albums in the series and the remix album Meow the Jewels.
This is good news for fans of the group who were unable to secure tickets to the high-demand tour, which drew some criticism for the cost of tickets. However, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello pointed out charity contributions from ticket sales raised over $3 million in the first 48 hours.
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