Run The Jewels, the hip-hop collaboration between El-P and Killer Mike, made its triumphant return to Marquee Theatre on Sunday, January 29, 2017 as part of the “Run the Jewels: Run the World” tour, in support of the duo’s most recent album release, RTJ3.
RTJ emerged to an eager sold out crowd to the tune of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” The audience cheered and screamed as both rappers made the duo’s trademark “fist and gun” logo.
Run The Jewels’ set started with a rapid fire trio of songs from its new album, in an onslaught of bass and strobes. A couple RTJ2 songs followed- “Blockbuster Night, Part 1” and “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” causing the audience to react in a way that looked more like a punk show than a rap show.
Marquee Theatre was hot and sweaty and filled to the brim with RTJ fans who were absolutely loving what was happening on stage. It was like the audience was full of lots of nervous energy after the election, and let it all out in an explosion of power lead by Run the Jewels. The duo occasionally discussed politics and tied it in with gratitude for their support in a notoriously red state.
RTJ’s set mostly focused on RTJ3. Even though Run the Jewels last performed at Marquee Theatre a couple years ago, everything about this concert felt bigger, right down to the huge “fist and gun” hands on either side of the stage. The RTJ3 tour is bigger, better, and full of way more bass and colorful strobe lights.
My personal bias is that I wish I would have heard more songs from RTJ 1 and 2. I briefly chatted with a friend after the show who disagreed, and was happy to see RTJ3 so well represented. But then again, I haven’t given RTJ3 nearly the attention it deserves just yet. I’m sure I will be singing along to the RTJ3 songs by the next time Run the Jewels returns to Tempe.
1. Talk to me
2. Legend has it
3. Call Ticketron
4. Blockbuster Night, Part 1
5. Oh My Darling Don’t Cry
6. Nobody Speak
7. Hey Kids (Bumaye)
8. Stay Gold
9. Don’t Get Captured
10. Panther Like a Panther
11. Everybody Stay Calm
12. Love Again
13. Lie, Cheat, Steal
15. Run the Jewels
16. A Report to the Shareholders
18. Kill Your Masters
19. Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)