Run the Jewels wrote their new song “2100” months before the U.S. presidential election, but it’s still exactly the kind of thing we need to hear in its aftermath.
The prescient track looks deep into the possibility of a bleak and violent future. “How long before the hate that we hold lead us to another holocaust?” Killer Mike raps in the first bar. “Here at the abyss I will be your tour guide / It is wartime / Check your wrist,” El-P counters. “I just want to live / I don’t ever want to have to load a clip.”
On Twitter, El-P dedicated the song to “everyone who is hurting or scared right now.”
Though the duo wasn’t originally planning on releasing “2100” this early, El-P wrote that “it feels right, now.” “It’s about fear and it’s about love and it’s about wanting more for all of us,” he said. “We hope it finds you well.”
Last month, the pair dropped “Talk to Me,” and El-P revealed the group was putting the finishing touches on its third album, Run the Jewels 3.