Watching Run the Jewels perform an NPR Tiny Desk Concert is like watching Godzilla be stuffed into a cardboard box. The raw power and aggression just cannot be contained. Breathing fire and frustration, a bohemoth doesn’t like small confines, but Killer Mike and El-P are still stunning in such a small setting.
Running through new tracks “Talk To Me“, “Legend Has It“, and “A Report to Shareholders“, the bombastic duo raises the roof of the intimate office. The chemistry they have is always apparent, as they riff off each other, going a capella and using a banana as a microphone. No matter the setting, the enery RTJ packs into performing is a punch to the face and eardrums.