Photos – Run The Jewels at the PNE Forum, Vancouver, Feb 8 2017
– photos by Kirk Chantraine
Run the Jewels in Vancouver on Wednesday night.
The hip-hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P are on tour for their third album, Run the Jewels 3. For the Vancouver show, they brought out rapper Gangsta Boo.
The album was released digitally on Christmas Day of last year. The group dropped the album three weeks early and made this statement:
“fuck it. we couldn’t help ourselves. it just feels right. after a crazy fucking year and with a full tour about to set off we asked ourselves what we were waiting for… and we just couldn’t come up with a great answer. you’ve been with us since we started this thing and its made such a huge difference in our lives to have your energy and love. thank you. so as a gift to all of you who have allowed us to continue to do what we love: RTJ3. we busted our asses on this one and we think we made something special this round. grab it for free, buy it on any of the digital platforms you like or stream it. physical copies will still be dropping in January as announced but until then: enjoy and we will see you on the road!”
The album earned Pitchfork’s Best New Music designation. El-P produced the album. Guests include rapper Danny Brown, Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Trina (best-known for her 2000 hit “Pull Over”), saxophonist Kamasi Washington and more.
The album comes two years after their previous record, which also had a cat-themed spin-off – Meow the Jewels.