Skip to Content

Run the Jewels Live in Concert #30DaysinLA


It seemingly came out of nowhere, but RUN THE JEWELS is one of the best hip hop projects of the last couple of years. After two critically acclaimed albums, RTJ now have enough songs to back that up with a live show that translates EL-P's heavy beats and his and Killer Mike's tenacious raps into something both fun and powerful. The list of all-time great hip hop duos is actually pretty long, when you consider everyone from OutKast to EPMD to Mobb Deep to Black Star, but seeing EL-P and Killer Mike live last Thursday in Los Angeles, it seems they deserve a place somewhere on the list.

The LA show featured elements not seen elsewhere on the RUN THE JEWELS tour, including guest spots from Gangsta Boo, Travis Barker, and Zach de la Rocha. They also had some pretty tight lasers, something I've never seen at a rap show this side of Coachella before.

While Killer Mike's voice was almost completely shot, he valiantly tore through his material with energy, stage presence, and humor. Both rappers on multiple occasions referenced Ferguson and racial equality, which was a nice break from the apolitical hip hop shows that dominate the mainstream. Also contrary to what's hot in rap right now, the only reference to wealth and money was the metaphorical gold in 36" Chain.

The concert was part of the Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA campaign, and like the other events so far in the month of September, they brought together a diverse group of Angeleños who love music.


Photos via Red Bull Content Pool.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Open Thread: What Are L.A.’s Most Dangerous Streets?

where are the turns you see drivers constantly struggle to barely make? The intersection where there always seems to be a crash? The ancient freeway entrance that remains a hazard to life as we know it?

‘This is Los Angeles:’ Family Behind El Burro at Placita Olvera Fight to Save 57 Years of Tradition and Culture

"It’s a huge part of L.A.'s identity," said Eugenia Nicole Macias. "We’re not going anywhere. Our grandmother raised us to make noise."

May 24, 2024

What To Eat This Weekend In L.A.: Sonoran-Style Chicharrón, Tikka Masala Fried Chicken, Japanese Curry Arancini, and ‘Flintstones Burgers’

Plus a breezy new restaurant in the South Bay, Guam-style barbecue at the races, smoked birria, and cassava tortillas. Here's where to eat this weekend from Cudahy to West Adams to Arcadia!

May 24, 2024

LAPD Officer Released on $30,000 Bond Following Arrest For Assault With a Deadly Weapon

A day after the incident the LAPD said in a statement that they were prompted to respond to the 8600 block of Belford Avenue after “a community member generated a radio call of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon.” Police later identified the suspect as “off-duty Officer Richard Podkowski.”

Downtown’s Aguascalientes-Style ‘Flying Gorditas’ Sell Out On The Street In Three Hours

The family behind this stand also owns a Mexican chile and spice import company , so their guisados taste remarkably fresh. Their gorditas have been so popular that they are opening a brick and mortar restaurant in East L.A. this Saturday.

May 23, 2024
See all posts