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Run the Jewels surprises fans, releases new album 3 weeks early

'Merry Christmas, motherf*****s.'


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Dec 24, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 8:12 am CDT

The newest album from Run the Jewels was supposed to be released Jan. 13. Instead, Killer Mike and El-P had a Christmas surprise in store for their fans.

The duo released the album, RTJ3, on Christmas Eve.

Even better for all the RTJ fans: It’s free and available for download on the group’s website. Or you can listen to it via Spotify.

As Pitchfork points out, Danny Brown, Kamasi Washington, BOOTS, and Trina are among those who make guest appearances on the record. Also, Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha makes an uncredited appearance on the final track “Kill Your Masters,” a move that drew rave reviews from some fans.

Run the Jewels also will showcase its acting talents. Here’s the duo on the season premiere of Portlandia.

That episode airs Jan. 5 on IFC

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*First Published: Dec 24, 2016, 4:16 am CST