Run The Jewels at The Eastern in Atlanta, GA 04-OCT-23

Run The Jewels are Lights Out in Atlanta in front of enthusiastic and raucous fans!

Review and Images by Trey Brunn

Run The Jewels is currently on their RTJX Tour, celebrating 10 years of bringing the
anti-oppressor, revolutionary, hip-hop party to blocks across the globe. Brooklyn’s El-P
and Atlanta’s Killer Mike comprise RTJ and ever since their introduction to one
another in 2012, in which El-P worked on the production of Killer Mike’s fifth solo
album, the pair have developed a loyal & fiercely enthusiastic audience. The Eastern,
located in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, provided the backdrop for RTJ’s
4 day residency spanning October 2nd – 5th. I was lucky enough to be there for their
third show during this run and let me tell you, those boys know how to throw down for
the hometown crowd.

DJ Jaycee, of Decatur, by way of Detroit, got the night started and he brought the
heavy hitting, old school MC vibes. As the current tour DJ for Goodie Mob and former
DJ for Ludacris, he knows his way around the turntables and he looked right at home
calling the shots solo on stage in front of a fully packed Eastern. By the end of
Jaycee’s set, you could tell he had made fans of those who weren’t as familiar with his
work, and he had done a more than admirable job of setting the vibe for what was to
come…RTJ.

Stepping out from the fog and taking front and center, Killer Mike and El-P went
straight to work, diving in to their third studio album, Run The Jewels 3. This album
served as the evening’s vehicle, as each day of their residency was devoted to a single
album from their discography, performed in chronological order. It didn’t take long
before the entire crowd was bouncing, and between the pulsing lights and sensibly
timed fog, folks had become comfortably entranced as witnesses to another RTJ lyrical
masterclass. The hard hitting, rhyme delivering pair took a momentary reprieve after
the first quarter of their set, inviting two fans on stage for what ended up being one of
the coolest proposals I’ve ever seen. And in case you were wondering, she said yes.

American record producer and singer BOOTS made a special guest appearance during
the set, which was a welcomed surprise for the full house audience. As the evening
came towards a close, both Killer Mike and El-P maintained the strong stage presence
and lyrical energy that has fostered the growth of their rabid fan base. You would’ve
thought these guys were on the first night of the in-town residency, rather than the third
straight. I remember seeing Run The Jewels for the first time back in 2014 at
Counterpoint Music Festival and ever since, I’ve wanted to see them again. There’s
something special about getting to experience and appreciate an artist like RTJ after
their music’s been able to age on your ears. Like a fine wine, it was worth the wait and
as I walked out of the venue among the Jewel Runners, I knew I was one of many who
would be wearing and ear to ear smile for the rest of the night.

Run The Jewels
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DJ Jaycee
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The Eastern
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