Nobody Speak – DJ Shadow

Imagine EL-P and Killer Mike rapping over a big beat and a sample from a spaghetti western soundtrack. Sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? I’ve no idea if the music really is from a spaghetti western but that big Tarantinoesque refrain that drives the song sort of has that vibe to it.

This track is as vibrant and exciting as anything Run The Jewels have put out under their own name. As this is a featured track on last years big comeback record for DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall it’s like SUPER DELUXE RUN THE JEWELS with a stellar production job.

There’s the usual mix of absurdist and political allegory in the bars. Show off statements like

I will punch a baby bear in his shit, Give me lip, I’mma send you to the yard, get a stick, make a switch, I can end a conversation real quick’

closely coupled with

I’m the dumbest, who flamethrow your function to Funyons, flame your crew quicker than Trump fucks his youngest, Now face the flame fuckers your fame and fate’s done with’

Edgy, of the moment, cocky and ironic all at once. Run the Jewels as normal then, but with that added richness of DJ Shadow magic.

‘Nobody Speak nobody get choked!’

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