Run the Jewels have released their highly anticipated album, RTJ4, two days early.
The duo of Killer Mike and El-P said the album’s early release was spurred by ongoing protests against police brutality after the death of George Floyd.
“Fuck it, why wait,” the pair wrote in a statement. “The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving two friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”
Run the Jewels are also raising money for protest efforts. While fans will be able to download RTJ4 for free, the duo are also encouraging donations to the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Fund, which provides legal guidance and bail assistance for protesters.
RTJ4 includes the duo’s previously released single, “Ooh La La,” featuring Greg Nice and produced by DJ Premier. The 11-track effort also includes collaborations with 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, Mavis Staples and Josh Homme.
Download RTJ4 for free here, and stream the album below: