Caminando En La Nieve (Feat. Akapellah, Apache & Pawmps) – Run The Jewels

“Never forget in the story of Jesus the hero was killed by the state”

In the opening review of this reincarnation I said something like “These songs are not all old rock songs done over in a modern way just to let some long hairs take another bite at the cherry… Well, not ALL of them, but you know how it is”

Nope some of them are old hip hop records (Well 2020 is quite a while ago in this day and age). To reframe that statement, Not every track I’ve listened to this year has it’s roots in records released in previous years. But this one sure does. Remember RTJ4? Remember Yankee and The Brave! Ju$t, Ohh Laa Laa (Aii Wei Wei)?

What Run The Jewels did at the start of Quarter Four was release a remixed Latin American “Re-imagining” of a do-over of that modern classic. RTJ4 became RTJ Cu4tro.

This one? Caminando El La Nieve used to be Walking In The Snow. Akapellah, Apache & Pawmps all sound like names I’ve made up. They’re all bringing something new and oh so groovy to this overhaul of RTJ4’s standout track.

As I’ve already covered this record in a previous year perhaps the thing to do is repost what I said before but in Spanish.

Creo que todos podemos estar de acuerdo, si la Raza Humana sobrevive hasta el final de la década, entonces 2020 será recordado como un año difícil. En caso de que alguna vez haya uno de esos programas de televisión retrospectivos que miran hacia atrás a lo largo de los años con cabezas parlantes y fragmentos de sonido, entonces RTJ4 debería ocupar un lugar destacado en la banda sonora. Así como no podemos tener un montaje sobre los años 60 y la política sin The Times They Are A Changin’ de Bob Dylan o un espectáculo centrado en el KKK en los años 50 sin Billie cantando Strange Fruit. Pasaría por alto una gran cantidad de puestas en escena dejar Walking In The Snow o Ohh La La sobre las imágenes empalmadas de multitudes siendo rociadas con gas pimienta, enormes letras amarillas pintadas en la calle 16 e incendios forestales que tiñen el cielo de California de “Todo Halloween Naranja y Chimenea”. Rojo".

No hay banda sonora más oportuna para los últimos 12 meses que la combinación de Killer Mike, El-P, Zakk DeLa Rocha y Pharell Williams. Excepto quizás las otras pistas en RTJ4. El hecho alucinante de que Walking In The Snow se grabó antes de George Floyd, antes de Breonna Taylor, el desmantelamiento del Servicio Postal de los EE. He vagado y por cuánto tiempo.

I kinda broke the song a day feature on this site last time it was up and running. Some days are going to be busier than others this December. Some formats are going to shift around. Sometimes, the spelling mistakes will be harder to spot than others. The songs though. It’s about the songs. Not the Space Time Tupperware… This Week on Yankee & The Brave!

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