This is a very interesting LP because it was produced entirely by El-P, much to his initial resistance, because Mike was very insistent and persistent. At that time El was preparing his own solo album, Cancer 4 Cure, and found himself going between NYC and ATL producing two records. The good thing is that both C4C and R.A.P Music were excellent records and critical hits, but their friendship created Run the Jewels because of it. Neither has done a solo project since.
I chose Side B for the listen tonight and I was immediately struck by Don’t Die, a track about the police, corruption, and people put in terrible situations. It is, unfortunately, evergreen in our modern times and I couldn’t ignore that relevance.