Killer Mike & El-P brought Run the Jewels & friends to Webster Hall (pics), commented on Kendrick’s “Control” verse (video)
photos by Vladislav Grach
El-P & Killer Mike / Despot aerobics @ Webster Hall, 8/14/2013
Performing their free album in just about its entirety, taking one break in the middle to perform 2012's "Tougher Colder Killer" with Despot, it stands a strong argument for how great the album's sequencing is--it translated perfectly to a live setting. While after five weeks there were a few signs of wear-and-tear in the sound of Mike and El's voices by the end of the night, this fatigue at no point showed in their energy and effort on-stage. Their set also had the added bonus of surprise guests in the form of Company Flow DJ Mr. Len contributing cuts to "Get It" and Prince Paul reprising his Chest Rockwell character for "Twin Hype Back."
El-P's been performing in New York for about two decades now. He loves this city, and by now knows exactly how to get it to love him back. He's also known how to evolve his own live set over the years and assemble a line-up that, despite the complexities of the music itself, performs at such a high rate that it's perhaps even more accessible than its recorded output. As a result, Webster Hall collectively lost itself while being whipped into an absolute frenzy. In nine years of attending New York hip-hop shows on a regular basis, crowds like last night's are rare. But perhaps, that's because so are the performers. - [Village Voice]
Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike & El-P) wrapped up their tour last night (8/14) at Webster Hall. It was a packed house, even for the openers, and in addition to performing their free Run the Jewels album (which featured an appearance by Prince Paul as "Chest Rockwell," El-P and Killer Mike both performed solo sets. The night also featured Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Despot (who brought out the whole tour posse for aerobics), and former Das Racist MC, Kool A.D. Pictures from the whole hip hop show are in this post.
Run the Jewels, who we also recently caught at Pitchfork Fest, have their own flavor of Goose Island beer. I don't think that particular flavor was available at the show last night, but free Goose Island was flowing in the balcony where BrooklynVegan was co-hosting a party with DoNYC, El-P and Mike in honor of the collaboration. Related note: today was kind of rough.
If you missed the Webster Hall show (or can't remember it), Mr. MFN eXquire will be at Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (8/17) with King Britt, J. Cole, Bangladesh, Darq E Freaker, World's Fair, Star Eyes and Jubilee. Tickets for Warm Up are still available.
In related news, an interviewer asked El-P and Killer Mike what they thought of the infamous new Kendrick Lamar verse, and naturally their response was great. Watch/listen to what they said with the rest of the Webster Hall pictures below...
Run The Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike) On Kendricks "Control" Verse
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire @ Webster Hall
Run the Jewels