Run the Jewels stormed into a jam-packed house at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga. Hailing from opposite ends off the East Coast, this super duo formed of rappers Killer Mike and El-P have seen immense success since their debut album released only four short years ago.
Known for their thinly veiled political messages, RtJ could not have picked a better night to play for Killer Mike’s hometown of Atlanta, Ga. as earlier in the day the Women’s March drew a crowd of 60,000 to downtown for a trek to the Capitol to oppose the social injustices that have been especially highlighted in the 2016 presidential election, during which Killer Mike was an outspoken supporter of democratic contender Bernie Sanders.
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Prior to the concert, desperate fans roamed the sidewalk outside The Tabernacle seeking tickets. Inside, the venue was abuzz with energy, as DJ openers took turns in hyping the growing crowd. Hovering above the stage, two larger than life inflatables depicting the iconic pistol and fist which emblazon the covers of the band’s three albums.
By 10:15, RtJ storms to the stage under the chorus of “We Are the Champions” by 80’s legend Queen. Their fans cheer louder and louder as the duo wave in their general direction and initiate the night with a rendition of standout track “Talk to Me.” The unapologetic pair have incredible chemistry on stage, sharing banter and seemingly always knowing where the other one is headed as they move around the stage lashing out rhymes.
The Jewels riffle off a healthy mix of hits from their entire discography. With the night approaching its finale, Mike and P pull one last ace out of their sleeve, as they welcome fellow Atlanta native and rap legend Big Boi of OutKast fame to assist in the performance of “Banana Clipper.” This proved to be the highlight of the show with cheers hitting their highest decibel levels. Run the Jewels have long been known for their energetic performances and this was no exception. The boys owned Atlanta; and we’re not complaining.