A Salute to the Supporting Cast of Run the Jewels 2

Mike and El via Run the Jewels
Mike and El via Run the Jewels

By now, you've had most of the week to play El-P and Killer Mike's magnificent Run the Jewels 2 on repeat. (If not, quietly chastise yourself and then head over here and download it now). While the chemistry between Mike and El is an undeniable draw, the Run the Jewels movement has also bloomed into something of an ensemble project, with a coterie of behind-the-scenes cohorts also contributing to the album. Consider this a salute to the faithful jewel-running supporting cast.

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Little Shalimar

The unheralded behind-the-scenes star of the show, Little Shalimar snags co-production status on around half of the album's tracks, along with adding guitar and synth licks to "Blockbuster Night Part 1." Don't sleep on Lil' Sha's skills.

Wilder Zoby

Brooklyn-based Wilder Zoby contributes keys work on

Run the Jewels 2

's opening and closing cuts, along with a production assist on the razor-sharp "Oh My Darling Don't Cry." To dip into the man's own vault, check out 2013's lothario-esque "Contagious," itself co-produced by El-Producto.

Michael Winslow

Yep, the world's finest beat-boxing

Police Academy

graduate is the voice behind the robotic refrain on "Oh My Darling Don't Cry."

Diane Coffee

A former member of indie rocksters Foxygen, Shaun Fleming now records as Diane Coffee and released his own debut album last year. Titled

My Friend Fish

, it was spearheaded by the woozy and wistful single "Green." Fleming's vocals and piano work can also be heard on

RTJ2

's "Crown."

Smoota

Hip-hop's most important trombone riff of 2014 goes to Smoota, whose brass work forms part of the opening cut "Jeopardy." Check out the man's

Fetishes

album from last year for more of his often salacious ditties.



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