Hopscotch Presents: Run The Jewels on New Year’s Eve
Submitted on Oct 16, 2013
Run the Jewels, the potent collaboration between New York creative force El-P and Atlanta boss Killer Mike, come to Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre on December, 31, to headline Hopscotch's first ever New Year's Eve celebration. Responsible for one of hip-hop's best records in recent years and one of this summer's most memorable tours, Run the Jewels is not to be missed live (especially on the calendar's biggest night for revelry). Born from El-P's production work on Killer Mike's 2012 masterpiece R.A.P. Music, and forged by a mutual admiration for one another's savvy and skills, Run the Jewels lends credence to the notion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In August, the dynamic duo wowed a packed Cat's Cradle with a combination of deft rhyming, impeccable showmanship, humor, and old-fashioned fun. As Joseph Murphy on chapelboro.com aptly summarized, "the show proved that Killer Mike and El-P are no longer on the fringes of the underground but instead have a large and diverse following that in closed confines produced the best rap show I've seen in my life."
Marked by El-P's signature sonic assault and tenacious, tandem style lyrics, the eponymous LP from Run the Jewels, originally released as a free download on A-Trak's Fool's Gold Records in June, will surely surface on many "best of 2013" lists come December. While Kanye West, J. Cole, and other heavyweights were releasing summer albums, Nashville Scene compared Run the Jewels to these higher-profile efforts by saying, "no disrespect to Yeezy and Cole, but they never stood a chance." In some ways, the record was a precursor to the renewed competition in rap in the latter half of 2013, from Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse to Eminem's newly dropped "Rap God." Run the Jewels is a lesser-publicized, but equally definitive challenge to up the ante on every part of hip-hop's recipe—the production, rhymes, and delivery—and as Killer Mike decrees, "There will be no respect for The Thrones."
General Admission tickets to Run the Jewels on New Year's Eve at Lincoln Theatre are $29.50. There are a very limited number of VIP tickets available for $49.50—these include private upstairs balcony, hors d'oeuvres from Rocky Top Hospitality, a champagne toast at Midnight, and the separate cash bar upstairs.
The show will be opened by Durham favorites Toon & The Real Laww who will perform with a full band. Their new Double EP was released last week on local Cardigan Records.
HOPSCOTCH PRESENTS: RUN THE JEWELS on NEW YEAR'S EVE
December 31, 2013 @ The Lincoln Theatre
Run the Jewels: 12 a.m.
El-P: 11 p.m.
Killer Mike: 10 p.m.
Toon & The Real Laww w/ full band: 9 p.m.
Doors: 8 p.m.
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