The doors open at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 for rap super-group Run the Jewels, who will bring their brash and critically acclaimed brand of hip hop to Express Live! Tickets are $25, and we would suggest getting them ahead of time, as we have a feeling the show is going to sell out.
This is Run The Jewels first appearance in Columbus, and we’re beyond excited to have one of the rap games biggest and best acts play in our city.
Their newest and third full length, aptly titled Run the Jewels 3, is to be released Jan. 13, featuring heavy hitters like underground-rapper-turned-mainstream-darling Danny Brown (whose 2016 release, Atrocity Exhibition, was a cross over hit and given almost universal acclaim), contemporary jazz guru Kamasi Washington (who reached break-through success by contributing instrumentals to Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 success, To Pimp a Butterfly), and indie rocker Tunde Adebimpe from the band TV On the Radio.
Over the last two months, Run the Jewels (or RTJ as they are affectionately known by fans) have released three singles from the album already, “Talk to Me” and “2100,” which were released back in November, and “Legend Has It,” which came out a few weeks ago, all of which kick ass and take plenty of names.
It’s nice to see RTJ continuing to take no prisoners by mixing their own, distinct brand of cutting-edge production and braggadocious lyrics.
Run the Jewels is made up of rapper/producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike, both of whom have been making and producing boundary-pushing hip-hop and rap music since the 90s.
Each artist has a rather lengthy resume leading up to forming Run the Jewels in 2013 – El-P is CEO and co-founder of Definitive Jux record label, and is a DJ and producer in addition to rapping, having produced work by Aesop Rock, DJ Shadow, Beck, Nine Inch Nails, and many others.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, El-P AKA Jaime Meline is mostly known for his dense and allusion-heavy lyrics that draw references to science fiction.
Killer Mike AKA Michael Render burst onto the scene in 2000 with a guest verse on OutKast’s seminal LP Stankonia, and has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist.
No stranger to controversy, Killer Mike is a known political activist, and often raps about police brutality and systemic racism.
The two musicians got together when El-P produced the entirety of Killer Mike’s 2012 incredible album R.A.P. Music.
By 2013 the two larger than life personalities formed Run the Jewels, and released their self-titled debut in June of the same year.
We’re anxiously awaiting the new album to drop, and to see what the rap-duo has in store for us on the Express Live! stage.
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Associate Editor Nick Rys writes reviews and articles for NID Magazine.