LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Rap duo Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels surprised fans over Christmas weekend with the early and free release of their third album, RTJ3.
"It's a Christmas [expletive] miracle," the group wrote on Twitter Sunday as part of a message to fans telling them why they decided to give the project away for free weeks before it hits stores.
"We couldn't help ourselves. It just feels right. After a crazy [expletive] 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," they continued.
"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."
The release includes singles "Legend Has It," "2100," "Talk to Me" and "Panther Like a Panther."
Run the Jewels last made headlines in November when Killer Mike and El-P became playable characters in Microsoft's premiere third-person shooter, Gears of War 4 for the Xbox One.