PICS: Run the Jewels at the Observatory North Park

"Blockbuster Night," indeed: Run the Jewels ran rampant over the Observatory North Park on Jan. 30, with hometown DJ star the Gaslamp Killer opening.

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A ticket to the Monday night show proved to be a hot commodity, as it sold out completely soon after going on sale.
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Superstar DJ the Gaslamp Killer (who got his start in San Diego) opened the show.
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Even though we just got into 2017 -- to many, it was the already the San Diego show of the year. As SD:Dialed In’s Rosemary Bystrak said while in attendance: “It feels like the whole city is here.”
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The rap duo, which some would call a supergroup, consists of El-P (pictured left) and Killer Mike.
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Killer Mike (born Michael Render) made his rap debut on “Snappin’ and Trappin’” from Outkast’s 2000 landmark record, “Stankonia.” He’s released five full-length solo records and won a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group for his appearance on the 2003 Outkast track, “The Whole World.”
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El-P (born Jaime Meline) was an original member of Company Flow, co-founder and owner of the Definitive Jux record label, member of the Weathermen, and has produced several notable underground rappers like Aesop Rock, Murs, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Atmosphere, Das Racist, and many others.
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The two met when Killer Mike was introduced to El-P by Cartoon Network executive Jason DeMarco in 2011. The following year, El-P produced Killer Mike’s album, “R.A.P. Music.”
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Killer Mike then guested on El-P’s track, “Tougher Colder Killer” from his 2012 “Cancer 4 Cure” album. The two then decided to tour together, and its success led to the decision to join forces as Run the Jewels. It’s been non-stop hits ever since.
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The two released their debut self-titled album on June 26, 2013.
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Always at work, the duo’s “Run the Jewels 2” album followed in October of 2014.
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A humorous remix album entitled “Meow the Jewels” was released in 2015, and featured the group’s songs composed with cat sounds. Guest production included Prince Paul, Boots, Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus, the Alchemist, Just Blaze and others.
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Proceeds from “Meow the Jewels” go entirely to charity so be sure to pick it up.
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Run the Jewels released their third album, aptly titled “Run the Jewels 3” as a free download on Dec. 24, 2016. It was released physically on Jan. 13 in the U.S. and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. R&B and Rap charts.
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The group’s signature “fist and gun” gesture has become a calling card for fans, as its been featured as the cover art for all three of their studio albums in different variations.
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Always an outspoken social activist, Killer Mike also made plenty of headlines last year during the U.S. presidential race, standing steadfastly in support of Bernie Sanders and making appearances with the Democratic candidate.
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The group’s Jan. 30 show featured the following setlist: “Talk to Me,” “Legend Has It,” “Call Ticketron,” “Blockbuster Night, Pt. 1,” “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” “Nobody Speak,” “Hey Kids (Bumaye),” “Stay Gold”…
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...along with “Don’t Get Captured,” “Panther Like a Panther,” “Everybody Stay Calm,” “Love Again (Akinyele Back),” “Lie, Cheat, Steal,” “Early,” “Run the Jewels,” “A Report to the Shareholders,” and “Down.”
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Their two-song encore consisted of “Kill Your Masters” and “Close Your Eyes (And Count to F---).”
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So much rad Run the Jewels merch. Take all our money!
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The Gaslamp Killer opened the show, and even though he’s since relocated to LA, he grew up and got his start right here in San Diego – hence the name. After moving, he helped found Low End Theory, “LA’s monolithic weekly showcase for uncut beat-driven tracks.”
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He released his sophomore full-length album, “Instrumentalepathy” in 2016.
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