One day prior to its original release date, hip-hop duo Run The Jewels surprise us all by dropping their new album RTJ4 amidst a time of racial outrage in the United States.
Taking to Instagram the supergroup duo Run The Jewels dropped a surprise announcement that their long-awaited album RTJ4 was being released early amidst worldwide protests and rioting due to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police.
“Fuck it, why wait,” pink text laid over a black background spoke. “The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all.”
With mass protests and riots breaking out world wide, specifically across the United States, Run The Jewels hopes this new album will bring listeners a little bit of joy amongst the chaos that is unfolding.
“Stay safe and hopeful out there,” the Instagram post reads. “And, thank you for giving two friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”
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Earlier this week, member El-P announced that the upcoming album would be free: “When it drops on Friday it will not only be for sale but it will be made available for FREE for ANYONE who wants some music,” he stated.
“For me this is the only way I really know how to contribute to the human struggle and experience beyond just trying to be kind and aware and grow.”
Chock-full of feature artists including Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine, Pharell Williams, 2 Chainz, and many more, the new RTJ4 album is unparalleled work coming from Run The Jewels.
The album is now available for free, and listeners will have the option to donate to the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Fund, which is “currently working across the country to protect the rights of those protesting the police killing of George Floyd and the broader pattern of ongoing racialized police violence.”