If you’ve been responsible, and have been lucky enough to be able to work from home, you’re probably going stir-crazy. Luckily, Run the Jewels have arrived to break up the monotony with the new single, “Ooh LA LA,” from their upcoming fourth album.
In addition to Killer Mike and El-P, the song features DJ Premier (one half of PRhyme) and Greg Nice (of legendary NYC rap duo Nice & Smooth). The beat, which samples Gang Starr’s “Dwyck” (notably, this is the first time Run the Jewels say they’ve been able to properly afford samples for their own tracks, according to an interview El-P and Killer Mike did today with Apple Music DJ Zane Lowe), consistently booms, while Killer Mike’s brags of enjoying top-notch “steak tartare, oysters on the half-shell, sushi bar” sound even more desirable given our current circumstances. Listen below.
Run the Jewels shared the first official song from Run the Jewels 4 over the weekend, giving fans a taste of the forthcoming record with the faster-paced “Yankee and the Brave (Ep. 4).” The eagerly anticipated album doesn’t have a hard release date yet, although earlier this year El-P implied that it would be out before the duo played Coachella in mid-April. Since that music festival, along with pretty much every major cultural event in the next several months, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s unclear if that date’s shifted or not, but consider us hungry for it. The singles are promising tastes of the finished product, and a press release that went out to support “Ooh LA LA” promised that RTJ4 would be out “soon.”
The coronavirus put a wrench in what was poised to be a massive year for Run the Jewels. In addition to RTJ4, the pair was supposed to open for Rage Against the Machine’s hugely anticipated global-reunion tour. That, of course, was scrapped due to the virus.
“So, there are disappointments, obviously,” El-P said during that interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “That’s obvious, but at the end of the day, man, what the fuck can you do? We’re just adapting and trying to be cool about it—and it’s ridiculous for people like us to really complain about the situation.”
Source : James Grebey Link