Just before midnight, a mercifully calm Christmas eve upon us. Little ones nestled in their beds, Girl Scout Cookie sativa driving the final stretch on the scotch tape + cellophane grind, slow jam on the Xmas tree marshmallow peeps. The night winds down smoothly.
Then my man Steve rolls up with an FB tag as the clock strikes 12, and suddenly RTJ3 is firing up, originally set to debut on Jan. 13. A three week jump on one of the most anticipated albums in recent memory defibrillates the night, and Santa’s held at bay another hour. The papers are back out, the lights twinkling on overdrive like some Stranger Things type of action.
RTJ3 is available to stream for free on the Run the Jewels website, or below on the Spots. They’re also kicking off a huge North American tour in January, and reportedly appearing on season seven of Portlandia. Big year ahead.
In the meantime, Merry Christmas boys and girls, and to hell with your year-end lists before the game’s fully called. This record is the shit.
And the crowd goes RTJ…