Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Farrah Abraham and recorded sound. When these things come together, the results are nothing short of magical. The heroic tag-team of El-P and Killer Mike definitely falls into the same category. Ever since last summer, when the former produced the latter’s stellar R.A.P. Music LP, it’s been difficult to picture the two apart; El Producto’s brazen beats are just too good a match for Killer Mike’s deep-fried flow, their combined sound transcendent of the typical restrictions of scene, sound, and subject. So yeah, you could say that I’m pretty excited for Run the Jewels, the (FREE!) joint album the buddies will unleash later this month on Fool’s Gold.
Lucky for us, the duo has unveiled “36” Chain,” another cut from the upcoming record. The song is a part of the Adult Swim Singles Series (say that 10 times fast), a 15-week bonanza of free tunes, and while it doesn’t carry quite as much heft as previously-heard tracks “Banana Clipper” and “Get It,” it’s got plenty of things going for it. El-P’s always had a penchant for playing with textures; his production here features some 8-bit, Anamanaguchi-style bleepity-bloops sprinkled on top of the usual brassy framework. The two MCs split the rhyme-time 50-50, leave the hooks at home, and kick back for a good ol’ freestyle sesh. It’s short, it’s sweet, and it’s just the type of thing to make you wish this album would just hurry up and come out already.
Check out “36” Chain” over at Complex.