Run the Jewels (with Danny Brown) – Gig Review

27th November 2017

Run the Jewels (with Danny Brown) – Gig Review

O2 Academy Brixton, 11th November

Although he wasn’t the main act, it would be hard to refer to Danny Brown as simply the warm up. The venue was packed long before he came on stage, and it was clear that most people were there for Danny just as much as RTJ. Storming on stage to “Die Like A Rockstar”, he had the crowd going within seconds. Performing a few more songs from “XXX”, he then moved on to “Old”. With the bass-heavy production blasting through the speakers, bangers such as “Dip”, “Smokin & Drinkin” and “25 Bucks” caused the entire building to shake. Naturally Danny then went to songs from his most recent album, “Atrocity Exhibition”, treating the crowd to high energy performances of songs like “When it Rain”, “Really Doe” and “Ain’t it Funny”. There wasn’t a dull moment during the set, as he rarely stopped to take a breath, and performed every song with the fun, quirky energy that one would come to expect from Danny Brown.

Fortunately we didn’t have to wait long before the giant fist and pistol descended from the ceiling, and El-P and Killer Mike ran onto the stage to Queen’s “We Are the Champions”. After performing three consecutive songs from their latest album, “Run the Jewels 3”, the duo mixed it up, performing fan favourites from the first two albums as well. The best thing about seeing RTJ live, and something that separates them from other live acts I’ve seen, was the undeniable chemistry between the two. During the songs, as well as the various breathers in between (as two 42 year old rappers need), it felt less like watching a gig, and more like watching two best friends having a piss up. It was especially fun to see their interaction with Danny Brown when he returned to the stage for his verse in “Hey Kids (Bumaye)”. After 17 songs, they appeared to close their set with “A Christmas Fucking Miracle”, but the crowd knew they still had one song left. After a few minutes of chanting, the duo came back to perform their last song of the night, “Run the Jewels”, which seemed a much more appropriate way to finish.

 

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