RTJ2 is grown up gangster rap. These men give a damn and make indifference look embarrassing. They muse over politics and power with verses that are refreshingly original. The album is blunt and goes straight for the throat. In “Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck),” they place themselves on the inmate side of a prison riot; defending violence as a natural reaction to police brutality. Killer Mike spits, “even if some good ones die, fuck the lord will sort em” with no apologies.
The album was released simultaneously with Tag The Jewels, a street art initiative. Over thirty artists around the world created their interpretation of the album artwork, reinforcing a culture behind the music.
It’s no surprise that RTJ2 has a song dedicated to getting filthy in the bedroom. What is shocking is that it’s strangely progressive. “Love Again (Akinyele Back)” features the hook “dick in her mouth, dick in her mouth all day.” It’s seemingly conventional until Gangsta Boo’s verse tips the sexual power scale and flips the track into a feminist anthem; something unique in a hyper-masculine hip hop world. Read More