Run The Jewels return to London for tiny free gig

Rap duo performed at 100 Club as part of Converse Rubber Tracks

Run The Jewels played a rare intimate gig in London last night (December 5).

The rap duo, Killer Mike and El-P, walked on stage to the sound of Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ and opened their hour-long set with the title track from their debut album ‘Run The Jewels’. With both artists wearing their own merchandise, they then proceeded to run through tracks such as ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’ and ‘Banana Clipper’ in front of the 350 capacity crowd, which included producer and DJ Hudson Mohawke.

“We’ve played festivals to 29,000 people but our roots are in rooms like this,” Killer Mike told the audience. “We’re having the time of our lives up here.” This show was Run The Jewels’ first in the capital since their sold-out show at The Forum in June.

Meanwhile, El-P warned fans that when Run The Jewels play ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’, their collaboration with Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha, things can get physical. “If you have expensive glasses or a phone that you’ve been using to get the perfect selfie then be careful,” he said. “Someone is going to get stabbed. I’m giving you a five second warning.” The song, with its chorus line of “Run them jewels fast” was one of the night’s most energetic moments.

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‘Pew Pew Pew’ and ‘Early’ followed while El-P joked about Run The Jewels position in the world of music, describing their act as being “The end product of the dick you drew in class in the third grade.”

However, they did not shy away from current affairs and discussed gun violence in America before playing ‘Lie, Cheat, Steal’. “I’m sorry you have to witness the violence and the conversations which follow and lead to all these Catch 22 situations. Killer Mike was more blunt, saying: “Britain, we’re from America; your bastard child.”

The traditional ‘fake’ encore, where an act disappear backstage until the crowd demand they return, was eschewed as 100 Club is too small to get off stage without walking through the audience. As such, the set ended with ‘Angel Duster’ and a timely rendition of ‘A Christmas Fucking Miracle’.

Run The Jewels played:

‘Run the Jewels’
‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’
‘Blockbuster Night, Part 1’
‘Banana Clipper’
’36” Chain’
‘Sea Legs’
‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’
‘Pew Pew Pew’
‘Lie, Cheat, Steal’
‘All Due Respect’
‘Love Again (Akinyele Back)’
‘Angel Duster’
‘A Christmas Fucking Miracle’

Converse Rubber Tracks continues tonight (December 6) at 100 Club with a headline performance from Kelela.