I’ve been waiting to see Run the Jewels for years, ever since I first pressed play on RTJ 1 I’ve been smitten with them. El-P’s humorous raps and unmatched production skills mixed with Killer Mike’s political aggressiveness and wondrous flow is one of the most perfect matches in music. RTJ 2 then came out, it was more aggressive, more excessive and most of all, perfect. So I was actually quite worried for RTJ 3 because I knew that RTJ 2 couldn’t be topped. And whilst it’s not better it’s damn near on its level and that’s for certain. So when RTJ decided to roll in to Birmingham on the last leg of their tour, there wasn’t a chance in hell that I was ever going to miss it.
They both deserve massive credit for being, openly, out of shape middle aged men who ran around the stage all night, bouncing about to each song as if it was the first time they had heard it. The enthusiasm and energy was so infectious I could not keep a smile off of my face the whole way through, if you’re a fan of rap then you’re probably already a fan of Run The Jewels, but even if not I highly recommend going along to one of their live shows, one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to!