Run The Jewels III album tour selling out

Run The Jewels II album tour selling out

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 The show opened with Nick Hook and a short dj set. He highlighted some tracks he produced for RTJ and discussed the recording process of working with them. Cuz-4 With Hook remaining as the dj Cuz came out to perform a few of his tracks. According to the internet he is a protégé of Killer Mike’s and has a collaborative track out now. Cuz gave the crowd his phone number and after leading the crowd in a chant of “What up Cuz” said that the first person to text him “What up Cuz?” would get a chance to come backstage and meet everyone.
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Gangsta Boo was next on the bill and entered the stage with her phone up in the selfie pose as she was sending a video live to the internet. Her performance as well as the other two openers were relatively short. The Gaslamp Killer was the last opener and this dude was hyper as all get out. His dj set was a mix of up-tempo tracks that mixed in everything from Kendrick Lamar to Death grips. 
gaslampKiller-4//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Engaging with the crowd beyond just the music he spoke on a couple of instances to his Middle Eastern heritage as he told us where his grandparents were from in Syria and he then mixed middle-eastern-flavored music into his hectic set.

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Hyping the crowd for RTJ Gaslamp Killer played for a second time Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” commenting that in spite of the day’s events (Trump’s inauguration) that we would be alright.

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Run the Jewels took the stage and immediately got in their groove while taking the time to pose and smile for the crowd. There are so few rap “groups” today that it’s really cool to see two mc’s hand off verses and interact on the stage.

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Killer Mike and El-P took many instances to talk with the crowd and on occasion also remarked to the story of the day which was the inauguration of Trump. Offering solace in their music RTJ proved that nothing was going to bring down the mood in the Ritz.

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Before jumping in to “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)” El-P took a moment to warn that this song usually erupts the crowd into a mosh pit and encouraged everyone to be respectful and help each other out if needed.

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The night before at their DC show Zach De la Rocha joined them live to offer his verse on this song and I was hoping for the slim chance that he may have jumped on the bus to Raleigh and would pop up for this track and his guest appearance on the track from RTJ 3 “A Report to the Shareholders: Kill your Masters”, alas he did not.

crowd_Ritz_RTJ-2If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the newest RTJIII release, but want to know if it’s worth it, check out our friends at Goin’ Off podcast with Mues and Rap Critic who review the album:

And if you’re lucky, you might still have a chance to buy tickets to a show near you, but hurry!

See full gallery here.

Remaining Tour Dates:

Date Venue Location Tickets
Jan 23 The Beacham Theatre Orlando, FL Sold Out RSVP Share
Jan 24 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL Sold Out RSVP Share
Jan 25 The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Miami Beach, FL Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 29 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ Tickets RSVP Share
Jan 30 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 01 Shrine Expo Hall Los Angeles, CA Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 02 City National Civic San Jose, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 03 Fox Theater Oakland, CA Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 05 Van Duzer Theatre at Humboldt State University Arcata, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 06 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 07 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 08 PNE Forum Port Coquitlam, Canada Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 10 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 13 Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland Kansas City, MO Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 14 Myth Maplewood, MN Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 15 Orpheum Theater Madison, WI Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 17 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 18 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 19 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 21 Metropolis Montréal, Canada Tickets RSVP Share
Feb 22 State Theatre Portland, ME Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 24 House of Blues Boston, MA Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 25 Terminal 5 New York, NY Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 26 Terminal 5 New York, NY Sold Out RSVP Share
Feb 27 Terminal 5 New York, NY Sold Out RSVP Share
Mar 01 Terminal 5 New York, NY Tickets RSVP Share
Mar 10 BUKU Music + Art Project New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Mar 11 BUKU Music + Art Project New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Mar 29 Limelight Belfast, United Kingdom Sold Out RSVP Share
Mar 30 Olympia Dublin, Ireland Sold Out RSVP Share
Mar 31 Albert Hall Manchester, United Kingdom Sold Out RSVP Share
Apr 01 The Roundhouse London, United Kingdom Sold Out RSVP Share
Apr 03 Snowbombing Mayrhofen, Austria Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 05 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands Sold Out RSVP Share
Apr 06 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium Tickets RSVP Share
Apr 07 ELYSEE MONTMARTRE Paris, France Tickets RSVP Share
May 26 Boston Calling Boston, MA Tickets RSVP Share
May 26 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL Tickets RSVP Share
May 27 Boston Calling Boston, MA Tickets RSVP Share
May 27 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL Tickets RSVP Share
May 28 Boston Calling Boston, MA Tickets RSVP Share
May 28 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL Tickets RSVP Share
Jun 02 Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain Tickets RSVP Share
Jun 03 Field Day London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP Share
Jun 09 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark Tickets RSVP Share
Jul 14 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY Tickets RSVP Share
Jul 15 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY Tickets RSVP Share
Jul 16 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY Tickets RSVP Share
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