Loose Joints is new podcast hosted by Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon talking to people about the music they love: old and new.
For number three we are joined by Emmet Kirwan, actor and writer. You might know him from his brilliant stage show Dublin Old School, Just Saying or most recently Thisispopbaby’s RIOT show at the Fringe.
Our musical selection is banger-heavy and our chat takes in losing your hearing in Ibiza, your ideal funeral songs, we agonise over our guilty pleasure choices and Emmet explains the appeal of Mark Morrison’s Get Horny, Sally explains the torrid appeal of “the mortify human saveloy that is Simply Red” and backbreakers.
While his former fellow Rage Against The Machine members are leading a noble but not exactly well-thought out new project with Chuck D and Cypress Hill (a Samsung-sponsored TV event jars with the song), Zack De La Rocha’s most recent feature with Run The Jewels on ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)’ has lead to El-P producing ‘Digging For Windows’, a new solo single Rocha. El-P collaborators Matt Sweeney and Nick Hook play guitar and keys respectively.
The track is a free download too.
fuck that bright shit
the spot or the flashlights
we in la ducking both
in the shadows with lead pipes
the days are all night
see if i pay edison
these blues ain’t more better when
my fever rise in the jungle
as quick as the price spikes
the days are all night
my future snapped like a rubber band
off my fold on a hand to hand
he drew from his waist
i put two in his roof
and i can still hear his screams
now they ride their portfolios
rise every time my cherry glows
on the end of my cig as
the smoke blows through the bars
and the co’s laugh fades
as he strolls away
says i gotta pay
off that roll away
or its fuck your visitation days
and i pop off so in solitaire
i dream of offing these fred astaires
and the skin off my fingers tear
we digging for windows here
where the days are all night
this city’s a trap my partner
under the lights of they choppers
bodies tools for they coffers
not worth the cost of our coffins
i stare at a future so toxic
no trust in the dust of a promise
won’t mark the name on a ballot
so they can be free to devour our options
and just like you I’m a target
ill defined by the guap in my pocket
but the stage make figures
as quick as it off em
what marley and pac get?
i put these caps in capitals
leave minds blazed in they capitols
i step with a fury so actual fact
that my offense could be capital
Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.
Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.
Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.
The sequel to one of the best rap mixtapes in recent times does what many sequels do not. It improves the dynamic between the cast, it delivers smarter, more quotable lines, it takes aim at larger targets and it adds a whole lot of bang.
Run The Jewels 1 was the hardening of friendship between two very different but talented people, a cementing of the dynamic El-P and Killer Mike set off when the former produced the latter’s R.A.P. Music album.
RTJ2 is what happens when a producer-rapper/rapper hit a career high at the same damn time. Because this is El and Mike’s album, they own it. Because even though there are vocal guests: RATM’s Zack De La Rocha, singer/producer Boots and Three 6 Mafia’s Gangsta Boo, they serve the version of a banging lean record, rather than overcrowd it. De La Rocha’s rap on ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’ is reinvigorating to hear and Gangsta Boo’s filthy rap on ‘Love Again’ is necessary to offset the lusty filth delivered by the core pair but they stay down. Guests step into the background of the Run The Jewels shot rather than pawing the tracks with their own prints.
RTJ1 established the brag, RTJ2 expands those in the line of fire now with an enhanced wordplay we know these guys are “fucking brutal” and individually “Don Draper with the paper might pull a slick caper” and “A dirty boy who come down on a side of dissonance / I can’t even relax without sirens off in the distances”
That line is indicative of El-P’s production techniques as a whole, and on RTJ2, they have found a new ground that serve the songs well but are packed with their own detail without getting in the way. El-P’s productions have always carried a weight that few can match but here, he’s approaching expert-level.
Fuckboys, the judicial system, guilt and police brutality are the topics that give a wider scope to RTJ2. The El-P line “You can all run naked backwards through a field of dicks,” is already immortal and he sounds like he’s having more fun than ever with lyrics like “I wear sweatpants to funerals, guns to lunch” on ‘All Due Respect”.
It’s Killer Mike who delivers his career best work particularly on tracks with wider vision like ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck’) (“Conditions create a villain, the villain is giving vision / The vision becomes a vow to seek vengeance on all the vicious”), figuring out who’s in charge on ‘Lie, Cheat, Steal’ (“Like who really run this? / Like who really run that man that say he run this? / Like who who really run that man that say he run this?”) or ‘Early’ where he adds personal touches (“my beautiful son’) to a police arrest in front of his family or ‘Crown’ where he repents a time peddling drugs to poor single mothers and the consequential guilt “Heard he was normal ’til three and then he stopped talkin’ / Since then, ain’t nothin been the same.”
Even when simply grinning and having fun Mike is at the top; “I’m talking crazy, half past the clock is cuckoo / You rappers doodoo, baby shit, just basic boo boo,” he says on ‘Blockbuster Night Part 1’.
Run The Jewels 2 is two buddies, operating at their creative peak. It’s more than another chapter, more than a sequel. It’s a sinewy distillation of more than a friendship, it’s a fruitful creative partnership that sounds like it’s been reinforced by steel foundations such is the wicked bulging energy contained within the album’s 40 minutes.
El-P and Killer Mike tease their hefty hip-hop followup album RTJ2 with ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’, a bass-booming track which rather than utilising vinyl cutups and effects features the voice artist Michael Winslow doing it for them.
These guys are just the best at making pure rap tracks.
The track is a free download from the Adult Swim Singles collection. The Run The Jewels album is out on October 27th for FREE too through Mass Appeal. The are doing pre-orders for physical copies which look VG and there’s also bonus pre-orders like The We Are Gordon Ramsay package and one in which “Run The Jewels will fly to your town, stalk and ultimately take revenge upon anyone in your life who has ever wronged you through a series of humiliating and vicious tactics designed to bring shame upon their name and the name of their children. ”
2. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
3. Blockbuster Night Part 1
4. Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) [feat. Zack de la Rocha]
5. All My Life
6. Lie, Cheat, Steal
7. Early (feat. BOOTS)
8. All Due Respect (feat. Travis Barker)
9. Love Again (Akinyele Back)
10. Crown (feat. Diane Coffee)
11. Angel Duster
Warpaint‘s Keep It Healthy’, from their recent self-titled album, gets a dark-sided remix from beat producto master EL-P. The track is on iTunes now and will be on a 12″ alongside a Richard Norris Time + Space Machine remix of ‘Disco//very’ in June.
El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels‘ free album is probably the best pure rap album of the year so far. In the video by Timothy Saccenti, the star of previous El-P videos Mr. Killums gets kidnapped and the duo go vigilante on a cast that includes Andrew W.K., actress Amber Tamblyn, Despot and members of Das Racist. Twisted.