We The Gladiators That Oppose All Caesars – RTJ 3

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Run the Jewels wasted no time turning up the heat right from the jump at the San Jose Civic. Striding on stage to We are the Champions, and going straight into their singles off RTJ 3 the crowd quickly forgot the cold and stormy weather. The chemistry between the duo just keeps getting better and better, the intensity of the album translates into a jaw dropping experience, and you know you’re witnessing a legendary act. Even though the album has only been out for a couple of weeks, the crowd knew every single word, and El-P and Killer Mike would catch themselves breaking out in smiles.

Sonic Ambulance first caught Run the Jewels up at the Sasquatch Festival, and they threw down one of the best sets we all had ever seen. So much so that we all kept tabs on Killer Mike through out the election. ‘Panther Like A Panther’ went back to when Mike had a sit down with Bernie Sanders. And ‘A Report to Shareholders’ brought up the conterversial topic post nomination and election – about choosing the lesser of two evils. In an interview with a radio show in Atlanta, Killer Mike mentioned how the station manager told him he couldn’t talk against Hillary Clinton when he first came on the station before she had secured the nomination. With that kind of censorship it’s no surprise RTJ 3 is their finest work. Releasing singles in November within a week of the Election Day, and dropping the album 3 weeks early on Christmas, they knew exactly what their fans needed.

Playing their biggest venues for this tour, and turning up the bass louder than ever, they masterfully pulled off still keeping it personal. The stage production synced perfectly for the setlist, whether it be flashing red and blue police lights, or ‘Stay Gold’, or hot pink when Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafia joined them on stage. The merch line table was busy hours before they took the stage all the way until the show was over. And deservedly so, they’ve consistently serve up quality products and this last vinyl release was no exception. Although they lamented that the San Jose show hadn’t sold out like most dates of the tour, they were confident that it will on their tour.
Sadly, I must admit that hearing about Danny Brown and Zach de la Rocha joining Run the Jewels on stage the night before was a little bit of a bummer, since I knew we couldn’t expect to be lucky enough to enjoy the songs with the incredible features that were on the album. Even so, such a great show, and I can’t wait for whatever material Run the Jewels puts out.
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