As expected, King Kendrick killed it tonight for the sold out crowd at Rolling Loud 2017. With headlining sets from Kendrick Lamar and Young Thug, and supporting performances from other top names in rap, including Run The Jewels, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, as well as sets from emerging stars in the genre like Florida-native XXXTentacion, Jazz Cartier and Dreezy, the Miami festival continued to provide the best rap lineup in music festivals to date.
Check out our photos below, of what the second day of Rolling Loud had to offer this year. Tomorrow will mark the last day of the mega rap festival.
Run The Jewels are in the middle of their huge tour, dubbed the Run The Jewels: Run The World Tour, and tonight El-P and Killer Mike ran Madison, WI. Selling out the historic Orpheum Theatre, located on the city’s historic State Street, which connects the University of Wisconsin campus to the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, one of the most political and consequence duos in music performed for one of the Midwest’s most political cities.
But tonight wasn’t about politics or dwelling on the election or primary results, it was about great rap music and making sure that no fan left without having a memorable night. Kicking things off, Gangsta Boo, Cuz & Nick Hook warmed up the Wisconsin crowd, each bringing something different to the tour. With a former member of the Three 6 Mafia, a talented electronic artist to get the crowd moving and one of Little Rock’s most exciting emerging rappers, the night instantly started on a high note.
Next up was the wildely entertaining alternative hip-hop producer, The Gaslamp Killer, who delivered a great half-hour set for the sold-out Orpheum Theatre. The Brainfeeder signed artist, a label founded by producer Flying Lotus, has performed on big stages before, including Coachella and New Orlean’s Voodoo Festival, but his supporting performances for packed crowds on Run The Jewel’s 2017 tour will continue to be great exposure for DJ/producer. Despite being the supporting artist for a rap concert, Gaslamp Killer’s impressive mixes extended well beyond rap and hip-hop, also mixing rock, trap, electronic and more into his 30-minutes.
After a brief intermission, it was time for Run The Jewels to hit the stage in Madison. Entering to Queen’s legendary hit ‘We Are The Champions’, Killer Mike and El-P sang along to the record’s chorus, greeted the sold-out college crowd, and quickly transitioned into a bass-heavy live performance of their RTJ3 track, ‘Talk To Me’…and the crowd erupted. Run The Jewels then continued with more performances from Run The Jewels 3, including their songs ‘Legend Has It’ and ‘Call Ticketron’.
Throughout the night Killer Mike and El-P kept the crowd engaged with performances from all of the duo’s collaborative and self-titled projects, but certainly with focus on their most recent tracks, especially their most recent LP. As the crowd chanted “R-T-J” and Killer Mike & El-P bounced from stage left to stage right while the tour production’s light show strobed to the beat, the energy was vibrating throughout the venue for the entire night.
Highlights of the night included RTJ’s performance of their RTJ2 track, ‘Love Again’, where Gangsta Boo returned to the stage and joined Killer Mike & El-P to assist the performance, as well as RTJ’s performance of DJ Shadow’s track ‘Nobody Speak’, but for the most part the energy was at a high level throughout the whole set. One memorable moment from the night had nothing to do with the music either, as Killer Mike stopped the show after he noticed that a fan was being removed from the concert. After some investigation, noticing that the fan was being tossed for weed, Killer Mike instructed the venue that Run The Jewels would not continue to perform if their fans were being thrown out for having weed. Security had to bite their tongue for the rest of the night and the show went on. And after Run The Jewels ended their set with their self-titled track, fans benefited from some free live music as the rap duo returned for encore performances of ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’ and ‘Down’.
While many are still late to the party when it comes to Run The Jewels, hip-hop’s biggest fans don’t just like RTJ, they love RTJ, and for good reason. During the entire performance fans were rapping along, word-for-word, putting their hands in the air and throwing up the famed gun and fist Run The Jewels logo. And even in the middle of a long and likely draining tour, Killer Mike and El-P matched the crowd’s energy from start to finish, playing off the other with their impressive tag-team style of rap, leaving very little time for the other to catch their breath. Two things are for sure, (1) all fans left happy tonight and (2) Run The Jewels gave their all for Madison’s sold-out crowd.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton, which has left many distraught, Killer Mike and El-P’s rap group, Run The Jewels, have shared their previously unreleased track ‘2100’ with fans moments ago. In a message to fans, Run The Jewels wrote:
“For our friends. for our family. for everyone who is hurting or scared right now. here is a song we wrote months ago. we werent planning on releasing it yet but… well it feels right, now. its about fear and its about love and its about wanting more for all of us. its called 2100. we hope it finds you well.
jaime and mike”
Listen to Run The Jewel’s BOOTS assisted record ‘2100’ below.
In anticipation of their upcoming album, RTJ3, Killer Mike and El-P (Run The Jewels) have announced their first headlining tour since 2015. Dubbed the “Run The World” tour, the guys will have support from special guests, The Gaslamp Killer, Spark Master Tape and Cruz. This definitely isn’t a tour you’ll want to miss, so get your tickets as soon as they go on sale, this Friday, November 4th at 10am (local time).
Kicking off their tour on January 11th in Philadelphia, the first run of the “Run The World” tour will include stops in Chicago, Miami, San Jose, Toronto and many more through February. Run The Jewels always deliver, so catch them at a city near you.
Coachella is notorious for artists’ surprise guests and while Kanye West’s guest appearances at weekend one of the California festival were certainly lit, no one had a more unique guest appearance than Run The Jewels. Although it was via video message, Killer Mike and El-P had a very special introduction from Democratic Presidential nominee Bernie Sanders.
Watch Coachella feel the Bern below and be sure to check out the live stream of the festival here!
Run The Jewels 3, the next installment of Killer Mike and El’P’s “Run The Jewels” series, is still a ways away but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited for it. While the anticipated project is still in its very early stages, El-P took to his Instagram to give fans an exclusive sneak preview of what the project will sound like. It isn’t much, but the untitled track sounds like it’s on its way to being another classic RTJ banger, and it gets us more than excited!
Want to see Skrillex, deadmau5, Chance The Rapper, Run The Jewels, CHVRCHES, Cashmere Cat and many more this New Years Eve? Of course you do! And that’s why we are giving you a chance to see them all when Reaction NYE comes to Chicago’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosement, IL. Taking place on December 30th and 31st, this is one the NYE party that you NEED to be at. Enter our contest with React Presents and you can score a pair of general admission passes to see it all for yourself. This event is 18+.
Winning is easy, enter at the link below and by following The Early Registration on social media, by sharing the contest with your friends, you gain entries that increase your chances of winning! Contest ends Sunday, December 20th.
But why leave things to chance? Buy your tickets and check out more information here, and for those who can only attend one day, single day tickets go on sale tomorrow!
Earlier today, React Presents announced another huge addition to their festival lineup in Chicago. Adding to North Coast, Freaky Deaky and Spring Awakening, React has announced REACTION NEW YEAR’S EVE 2015. Coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL this New Year’s Eve, the two-day festival (Dec. 30-31) will host performances from deadmau5, Skrillex, Chance The Rapper, Run The Jewels, CHVRCHES, Purity Ring, Cashmere Cat, Cherub, BADBADNOTGOOD and many more! If you’re 18 or older and will be anywhere close to Chicago, this is the way to spend your NYE.
Check out the full lineup for REACTION NYE below and get more information and tickets at ReactionNYE.com.
Even though they have a stack of shows worldwide this summer, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) have already announced their 2015 fall tour. Hitting stops in Texas, Colorado, Detroit and more, the rap duo’s fall tour will kick off on September 29th in Tucson, AZ. Until then, we will definitely catch their set a Bonnaroo this year, and you can check out our photos of RTJ’s Weekend 1 Coachella performance.
Check out Run The Jewels’ fall tour dates and it’s awesome promo poster below (as well as their previously announced shows).
Out of nowhere, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) released a music video for their standout Run The Jewels 2 track ‘Early’, featuring Boots. The animated video was done by Bug & Sluzzy and details the track’s lyrical themes.