It what has been a rather dry year for rap and hip-hop, Run The Jewels 2 is a tall glass of water. The duo's first real album is easily the best material both artist have ever created. Cementing Killer Mike's place as the third best member of the Dungeon Fam, Run The Jewels 2 is far superior to the surprisingly good solo trip R.A.P. Music. Plus his partner in crime, El-P, has clearly come into his own, no longer playing catch up and instead elevating his level of play. Plus it doesn't hurt the guest stars here aren't forgettable, even making Zack de la Rocha feel relevant again. The album is layered with thick grimey production in the best way possible, echoing the dearly missed Clipse records of the past. Yet sadly it loses most of its momentum halfway through, coasting on the strength of the earlier tracks. But backpackers will eat this album up as they should, especially since rap desperately needed this kick in the ass.