At this point, Run the Jewels must just be toying with us. The duo of Killer Mike and El-P is set to release its second album, RTJ2, on October 28 via Nas’s Mass Appeal imprint — it’s “a little more punch-you-in-the-face,” El-P told Wondering Sound contributor Ron Hart — and the sophomore outing’s guest list spans from members of Rage Against the Machine and Blink-182 to Beyoncé muse Boots and Foxygen’s Shaun Fleming.
Their latest collaboration, though, shared as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series, features an even less likely partner: Police Academy vet Michael Winslow on “guest robot voice.” And the track, “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” — which also appears on the new album — arrives just as Run the Jewels have announced a variety of unusual pre-order options, from the $150,000 “We Are Gordon Ramsay Package” to the $10 million “Run the Jewels Retirement Package.”
Where RTJ2‘s previously shared “Blockbuster Night Part 1” was a boastful display of lyrical virtuosity, what’s more intriguing here (“I rap and fuck,” claims El-P; “I fuck and rap,” Killer Mike adds) is the frantic, Winslow-assisted instrumental. El-P tweeted of the pair’s intake during the recording sessions, “incidentally, mike and i went through 2 ounces of sour, 1 ounce of shrooms and 4 grams of hash in 6 days while recording these. #work.” Below, hear the fruits of their professionalism.