If you aren't the type to stick your head (read: ears) into the underground, you probably missed one of the best albums of the year. Critically acclaimed and commercially ignored, the odd couple known as Killer Mike and El-P came together once again (El-P previously produced Mike's R.A.P. Music LP in its entirety)to birth a little project known as Run the Jewels. And just for shits and giggles they put it out for $free.99 courtesy of Atrak's Fool's Gold Records. How dope is that?
Just this week, Mike and El-P released visuals to my favorite track on the album, Banana Clipper, compliments of Complex. All I can say is that I'm still trying to learn how to "move with the elegance of an African elephant."
Beyond the fact that Big Boi makes an appearance and drops his own dope verse, the biggest thing you should take away from watching this video is the ease in which Mike and El-P trade verses as if they've been rapping together their whole lives. I find it amazing and a true testament to their skill and just how well they've fleshed out a common wavelength.
For those of you that have no idea who El-P is, know that he is one of the most accomplished underground rappers outta of New York. Maybe you've heard of Company Flow or his now defunct label DefJux? Mike, on the other hand, shouldn't need much of an explanation of his backstory considering he came up under Outkast and was on the forefront of the Atlanta scene in the early 2000's.
As the year winds down and "Top" lists start to hit the pages of your favorite blog, just know that if Run the Jewels doesn't make the list, the list is probably suspect.