Run The Jewels Announce New Album and Single

RTJ3 drops worldwide on January 13.

“For us, the RTJ1 hands were about ‘taking what’s yours’ – your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which for us represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel.” – Run The Jewels

El-P and Killer Mike have announced their highly anticipated third album RTJ3 will be available worldwide in digital format on January 13th. For those looking to cop a physical copy, North America will receive them on that day while the rest of the world will get them on January 20th. Guest features will include Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio, Trina, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and more. The new album is first and foremost about the explosion of creativity born from the unique collaboration between Mike and El, a partnership-turned-friendship that has successfully elevated both rappers to new heights in their careers.

The rap duo has transformed from underground stalwarts to a global rap juggernaut, spawning an international art movement (Tag The Jewels), a radio show (WRTJ on Beats1), several Marvel comic cover variants (including issues of Deadpool and Luke Cage among others), characters in a video game (Gears of War 4), their own Virtual Reality initiative (VRTJ), multiple awards & accolades (including Pitchfork’s 2014 album of the year, NME’s “Best Festival Band” & “Best International Band”, four A2IM Libera Awards, two UK Music Video Awards, and more), multiple television appearances (including a hilarious Halloween-themed sketch with Stephen Colbert this October), plus a slate of sold out shows and high-profile festival appearances.

In celebration of the album announcement, the duo has dropped “Legend Has It”, the 3rd new song from RTJ3. The track showcases the relentless back & forth lyricism, indelible chemistry, humor & bombast that Killer Mike & El-P are known for. Listen below:

RTJ3 will be available in several formats, including free download (as always), CD, LP, and digital and is available for pre-order now via


1. Down (feat. Joi Gilliam)
2. Talk To Me
3. Legend Has It
4. Call Ticketron
5. Hey Kids (Bumaye) (feat. Danny Brown)
6. Stay Gold
7. Don’t Get Captured
8. Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost) (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
9. 2100 (feat. BOOTS)
10. Panther Like a Panther (Miracle Mix) (feat. Trina)
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Oh Mama
13. Thursday in the Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)
14. Report to the Shareholders/Kill Your Masters

* with special guests The Gaslamp Killer, Spark Master Tape, & Cuz

12.17.16 Houston, TX @ Day For Night Festival
1.11.17 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *
1.12.17 Washington, DC @ Echostage *
1.13.17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE *
1.14.17 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues *
1.16.17 Columbus, OH @ Express Live! *
1.17.17 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *
1.18.17 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA *
1.20.17 Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz * (SOLD OUT)
1.21.17 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
1.23.17 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theatre *
1.24.17 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *
1.25.17 Miami, FL @ The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason *
1.29.17 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre *
1.30.17 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park * (SOLD OUT)
2.1.17 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall *
2.2.17 San Jose, CA @ City National Civic *
2.3.17 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater * (SOLD OUT)
2.5.17 Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre at Humboldt State University *
2.6.17 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom * (SOLD OUT)
2.7.17 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo * (SOLD OUT)
2.8.17 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
2.10.17 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
2.11.17 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium *
2.13.17 Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland *
2.14.17 St. Paul, MN @ Myth *
2.15.17 Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater *
2.17.17 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom *
2.18.17 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
2.19.17 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall * (SOLD OUT)
2.21.17 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis *
2.22.17 Portland, ME @ State Theatre *
2.24.17 Boston, MA @ House Of Blues * (SOLD OUT)
2.25.17 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 * (SOLD OUT)
2.26.17 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 *
4.3.17-4.8.17 Mayrhofen, Austria @ Snowbombing
5.31.17-6.4.17 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
6.9.17 Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival

(Photos by Timothy Saccenti)

Staff Writer

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