While many of us endure the sting of a Donald Trump victory, Run the Jewels has offered a new track that aims to alleviate the fear and pain. The song is called “2100” and features Roc Nation signee BOOTS, who also made an appearance on RTJ’s second studio album.
Members El-P and Killer Mike released the song Wednesday evening with a note that read:
For our friends. for our family. for everyone who is hurting or scared right now. here is a song we wrote months ago. we werent planning on releasing it yet but… well it feels right, now. its about fear and its about love and its about wanting more for all of us. its called 2100. we hope it finds you well.
love, jaime and mike
El clarified shortly after the tune's release that it wasn't specifically written about the election, but that it "seem[ed] to fit" the current national mood.
“How long before the hate that we hold lead us to another Holocaust?” Mike raps in the opening. “[…] Said a revolution is right here, right now, and they ain’t calling off.”
The track is exactly what we would expect from the two rappers, who have been very vocal throughout the 2016 election race. Mike, who was a strong supporter for Bernie Sanders during the primaries, has continued to express the importance of local government, as well as issues regarding marijuana, the Voting Rights Act, and land grants for black farmers.
“2100” was produced by El-P, and featured co-production by Little Shalimar and Wilder Zoby. The track debuted just weeks after the duo dropped the Run the Jewels 3 single, “Talk to Me,” which took shots at president-elect Donald Trump: “Went to war with the devil and shaytan/He wore a bad toupee and a spray tan.” And judging by the hashtag on the duo’s SoundCloud page, "2100" will also be included on their upcoming RTJ3 project.
While we wait for more information on the duo's third album, you can listen to "2100" below.