Rap shows may seem like intimidating settings for the uninitiated, and hip-hop powerhouse Run The Jewels’ logo of two disembodied hands – one mimicking a pistol, robbing the other of its gold chain – certainly calls on some of the genre’s popular themes of survival by any means necessary.
However, RTJ’s dynamic duo, Killer Mike and El-P, couldn’t have been further from the machismo archetype during their explosive set at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Ensuring the safety and enjoyment of everyone in attendance by exercising unprecedented crowd control when shoulders got a little too close for comfort, prompting Killer Mike to politely ask the entire audience to take a single step back before resuming the show, the pair took the lead balanced nuclear levels of on-stage energy with compassion – even when it could’ve been much easier not to, in light of Killer Mike’s mother having just passed away. Instead, the showman used those feelings the way any great performer would, kicking off the set by proclaiming, “On the beautiful spirit of my deceased mother, we came here with one purpose – and that is to f**k this stage the f**k up!”
During our stay in Vegas while attending Adobe Max, we had the privilege of witnessing Run The Jewels do exactly that. Check out the photo gallery below for a glimpse of what went down.
Watch Run The Jewels perform “Talk To Me” and “Legend Has It” below.