Atlanta was in the limelight this weekend. Starting with a March for Women’s Equality that drew in over 60,000 people, to the city’s beloved Falcons clinching a spot in the upcoming Super-Bowl. The timing was perfect for Atlanta native Killer Mike to bring his pal El-P and the rest of Run the Jewels to perform a sold-out show at iconic venue The Tabernacle.
The atmosphere preceding the show was dynamic, with the stage dimly lit and two inflatables of the pistol and fist looming over it all. The countdown to RtJ hitting the stage was on. Come 10:15PM, the venue goes dark and silent signaling that the extravaganza is about to commence. Queen’s legendary track “We Are the Champions” plays as both Mike and El make their first appearance. The Tabernacle was in for a grandiose show.
Having recently released their third LP, the duo unleashes performances of several key tracks off the new album to get the crowd going. It’s here where the tone for the night is set; it’s made evident that Mike and P can handle a stage and crowd with ease. Attendees were also treated to epochal tracks from RtJ’s past catalogue like “Blockbuster Night, Part 1” and “Run the Jewels”, not one throat in the house was silent, with crowd participation abundant.
The night comes to a gratifying end when, fellow Atlantan Big Boi of Outkast fame joins in to spit rhymes with RtJ for track “Banana Clipper”. The hyped crowd met the collaboration with cheers and stomps that instantly shook The Tabernacle to its very foundation. When hearkening to any Run the Jewels’ track, it’s crystal-clear the pair have a clear message to send, and on this night, Atlanta was listening.
To learn more about Run The Jewels, vsit their website at www.runthejewels.com or buy their new album RtJ3 avaialable wherever records are sold, or on itunes. Press play below to listen to a preview of the album.
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