A Salute to the Supporting Cast of Run the Jewels 2
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.
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 onRun 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-boxingPolice 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. TitledMy Friend Fish
, it was spearheaded by the woozy and wistful single "Green." Fleming's vocals and piano work can also be heard onRTJ2
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'sFetishes
album from last year for more of his often salacious ditties.Next Page
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