Run The Jewels Perform for NPR's Tiny Desk Series
In an interesting appearance on Monday, February 6, Run The Jewels appeared on NPR performing for their Tiny Desk series. The duo Killer Mike and El-P, backed by DJ Trackstar seemed to be enjoying every minute as they loosely yet energetically performed “Talk to Me," “Legend Has It,” and “A Report to the Shareholders.” What might have seemed as a stark contrast between sterile, brightly lit office environment and a major rap group, there was no pretension or discomfort shown as they flubbed lyrics and ad-libbed, with El-P sipping a pint of whiskey between tracks, then engaging the office staff in call-and-response chants.
RTJ is known for fierce lyrical content and a no-holds-barred approach regarding many social issues. Killer Mike has been a Bernie Sanders supporter appearing with the former candidate at many rallies. After working up a sweat towards the end of the segment Killer Mike paused to reject the notion of them being a so-called political rap group: