The duo are on tour in support of their third record 'Run The Jewels 3'
Music is as much of a numbers game as it is an art - a sentiment reflected in the weight of chart positions and the number of copies "shifted".
Killer Mike and El-P of Run The Jewels are hoping three times is the charm as they hit the road in support of their third album 'Run The Jewels 3'. Despite it receiving universal praise from critics, the record didn't see them stray too far outside of the lines of what's already known and loved about them.
'Run The Jewels 3' on wax might have lacked ambition - but its live incarnation is anything but restrained. The triplet opener of Talk To Me, Legend Has It and Call Tickertron is blistering. During the latter, fans fulfill the supergroup's request for fan footage for their next video.
El-P puts the group's deep connection with Ireland (doesn't everyone have one of those these days?) down to the fact that the pair work here so frequently - Legend Has it was even recorded here. It might also have something to do with the pints of "fresh Guinness" they frequently refer to (the crowd's reaction when Killer Mike downs one in less than 15 seconds can only be described as 'gleeful').
Mike drags his fiancé out for the closing bars of Stay Gold to dance with her - "I've got a good thing with a bad bitch / That's rare bitch". It's a surprisingly heart-warming moment down, partially down to her bashfulness and Mike's beaming face.
As expected, the set leans heavily on tracks from their most recent effort. Their collaboration with DJ Shadow Nobody Speak is a welcome addition. Ultimately, Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) from their second album warrants a rabid reaction from fans. Down - the band's by-the-book 'overcoming adversity' anthem - is an appropriate track to end the set.
Crunching the numbers, you would expect three albums worth of material to equal a relatively mid-range set in terms of time. However, at an hour and ten minutes, it's decidedly short. It's clear the duo favour quality over quantity - and the set was so strong, it's hard to deduce what else could have been added.
For two lads in their forties, Run The Jewels demonstrate immense skill in their craft - at no point does the energy let up, or does either artist appear to take a breath. Their reincarnation as this generation's rap supergroup is a sight-to-behold - let's just hope that the wheels don't come off the band's behemoth machine any time soon.