Less than 90 seconds into the fourth album from dastardly rap duo Run the Jewels, Killer Mike finds himself surrounded. “I got one round left, 100 cops outside,” begins the Atlanta emcee and activist born Michael Render. “I can shoot at them or put one between my eyes. ”
No context, no explanation, no need. “Chose the latter, it don’t matter, it ain’t suicide / And if the news say it was, that’s a goddamn lie. ” He’s riding a crisp, vicious drum loop wed to an ominous cartoon-villain bass line; the paranoiac keyboard stabs intensify as his resolve hardens.
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