Best Buddy Comedy: Run the Jewels
"I don't wanna say we're icons," El-P said in the middle of Run the Jewels' Friday afternoon set, but he and Killer Mike represent something deeper than a buzzworthy rap duo: They're the guys who have stuck with what they love forever, located their artistic soulmates and attracted more attention than ever before.
But that's last year's story. The two were already bursting with collaborative chemistry when they started touring as Run the Jewels, and a year later, that machine is well oiled and unflappable. These days, they not only rap more intently and with higher energy, they goof off more, high-fiving during the "high-five!" ad-lib and Riverdancing during "36" Chain." The performance included one new track, likely their upcoming song for the Adult Swim Summer Singles Program (El announced that it was not from Run the Jewels 2), and the tune was proof the their potency increases the more they work together. Let's hope there's more than just a sequel. C.L.