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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

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.