Hide yo kids, hide yo wife… because RTJ2 is coming. If you’re still unconvinced about , their sophomore album is shaping up to be solid scientific proof that Killer Mike and El-P’s collaboration is the razor-sharp revival that modern hip-hop needs. “Close Your Eyes” is the third heat rock released from the upcoming album — with featured, no less — and it does nothing but solidify my expectations. Searing lyrics accuse, accost and instigate on top of an innovative, aggressive beat. Result? A legendary track that is utterly unf***withable. This album is going to massive.

https://soundcloud.com/massappealrecs/close-your-eyes-and-count-to-f***-feat-zack-de-la-rocha

If you haven’t been doing your homework, check out the other RTJ2 tracks we’ve heard: the sizzling, relentless “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry” and “Blockbuster Night Part 1”, which is one of my favorite hip-hop tracks of the year without question.

And if you REALLY haven’t been doing your homework and have no clue who is, change that immediately by listening to their game-changing debut album and getting ready for their upcoming tour. Thank us later because you have a lot of listening to do.

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RUN THE JEWELS TOUR DATES

10/15 – College Station, TX – Boulevard 217 %
10/16 – Austin, TX – Red 7 %
10/18 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s %
10/20 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
10/21 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall %
10/22 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
10/23 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco %
10/24 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm %
10/25 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm %
10/31 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts *
11/1 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
11/2 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater *
11/3 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
11/4 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
11/6 – Dallas, TX – Trees *
11/7 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
11/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
11/11 – La Jolla, CA – Porters Pub *
11/12 – Pomona, CA – Glass House *
11/14 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine +
11/15 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater *
11/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge *
11/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre *
11/20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Line Music Café *
11/21 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *
11/22 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
11/25 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall *
11/26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall *
11/27 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda *
11/28 – Boston, MA – Paradise *
11/29 – New York, NY – Stage 48 *
12/10 – Glasgow, UK – Glasgow Garage
12/11 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
12/12 – London, UK – Koko
12/13 – Paris, FR – La Bellevilloise
12/15 – Oslo, NO – BLA
12/16 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
12/19 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
12/20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg
12/21 – Dublin, IE – Opium Rooms
12/30 – Lorne, AU – Falls Festival
12/31 – Marion Bay, AU – Falls Festival
1/1 – Sydney, AU – Field Day
1/2 – Byron Bay, AU – Falls Festival
1/4 – Busselton, AU – Southbound Festival
1/7 – Sydney, AU – Enmore Theatre ^
1/8 – Melbourne, AU – The Forum ^
1/9 – Brisbane, AU – Hi Fi ^
1/10 – Auckland, NZ – Town Hall ^

% Red Bull Sound Select show

+ with Despot
^ with Joey Bada$$