Run The Jewels, the consistently terrific duo of Killer Mike and EL-P have released their third album three weeks early. A welcome Christmas present for their fans and the music world in general who, let’s face it, have had a pretty rough year with losing some of our icons, like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and most recently on Boxing Day, George Michael.

The record, aptly titled Run The Jewels 3, repackages many ideas that the outfit have utiki see on their previous work, creating a level of synchronicity between the trilogy of Run The Jewels records. Killer Mike is a close friend of Bernie Sanders, the American Democratic Party member who shook up the election with his hard-left views. Killer Mike campaigned with Sanders, and his political views come through on the record’s lyrics, as do his views on the circumstances the black community of America lives in, a cause he has actively worked for in society.

Guest performances from Danny Brown, Kiasmi Washington, BOOTS and more add a star-studded atmosphere to the release, which is bursting at the seams with different energies between the tracks. Run The Jewels announced the album with a special note to fans, saying; “Fuck it. We couldn’t help ourselves. It just feels right. After a crazy fucking year and with a full tour about to set off we asked ourselves what we were waiting for… and we just couldn’t come up with a great answer. You’ve been with us since we started this thing and its made such a huge difference in our lives to have your energy and love. Thank you. So as a gift to all of you who have allowed us to continue to do what we love: RTJ3. We busted our asses on this one and we think we made something special this round. Grab it for free, buy it on any of the digital platforms you like or stream it. Physical copies will still be dropping in January as announced but until then: enjoy and we will see you on the road!”

Many songs on the album highlight the teams technical skill – particularly the breakdown of ‘Call Ticketron’ and the conclusion of ‘Thursday in the Danger Room’. Prior to dropping the record, the band featured in a hilarious crossover Portlandia sketch, considering ways to unveil the ultimate album drop, including faking their own

It’s always nice when the year gives us a few more suprises after Christmas – and a Run The Jewels suprise is one of the best kinds. The album is available on Spotify and Apple Music now.