The Show Must Go On for Run the Jewels
On Nov 26, Run the Jewels decided to adopt the attributed postal workers’ revered motto. What is this motto, you ask? Well, the highly accountable role asks that “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds”, which Run the Jewels valued as they endured numerous obstacles to perform at their much anticipated show at the Danforth Music Hall.
Despite their tour bus breaking down for the second time several hours prior, and a fire in their merchandise trailer (which forced them to cancel Montreal’s Club Soda performance on Nov. 27), RTJ delivered head banging beats as promised to Toronto fans.
As people poured into the music hall, with their fat gold chains and accompanying garb in full effect, the opening Dj was keeping the crowds soothed with impressive killer beats. Eager fans were ready to bust loose and get down to some dirty hip-hop beats and dope tracks by Killer Mike and El-P.
The Dj announces “who’s ready for Run the Jewels?!” and the crowd erupts. Moments later Killer Mike and El-P take the stage, performing their self-titled track Run the Jewels.
The energy in the room was palpable. A few songs in, Killer Mike and El-P decided to let everyone know the hardships they’ve endured just to be able to perform for Toronto. They revealed that sadly, their openers were stuck heading to the closest town so that the bus could be repaired.
The dynamic duo then proceeded to rock the crowd with songs off their new album Run the Jewels 2, as well as pay homage with a few tracks from their first album. They kept flowing, effortlessly switching from one song to another.
Halfway through, the show took a political turn with Killer Mike addressing the crowd and voicing his opinions on current events, which included the ongoings unfolding in Ferguson. His message was clear, stating “We are all human” and “No parent deserves to bury their children”. After a moment of silence, the crowd roared in agreement and the show kept going.
To give you an idea of the kind of energy Run the Jewels fans have, from the moment Killer Mike and El-P stepped on stage, to the end of the very last song, the jumping, twerking, bouncing and gyrating was uninterrupted and untamed.
The show also saw with several fans crowd surfing, with one lucky girl landing on stage. El-P immediately gave flack to one of the security guards for not letting people enjoy themselves, bellowing “It’s a F**king concert man, let them enjoy themselves, man!” People cheered upon hearing this. El-P and Killer Mike both gave the girl who fearlessly crowd surfed up to the stage, a gracious hug. Then, as El-P turned around, he saw the girl attempting to dive back in to the crowd and walked over to her and said “In good conscience, I can’t let you jump back in. If you do, and get hurt, we could get sued”. In a matter of minutes, the adamant fan decided to launch herself back into the crowd.
The struggles that RTJ had undergone to satisfy the musical appetite of Toronto fans were the light that sparked the fire to put on a memorable, worthwhile and notable show.
We’ll definitely be sitting on the edges of our seats until their next return!
Story by Tamica Marcano Photos by Ftfphotography