In support of the “Holy Calamavote” charity and voter registration event, Run The Jewels hosted a live concert stream of their latest album RTJ4. Sponsored by Adult Swim and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the broadcast encouraged fans to register to vote as well as support the ACLU.
During the online performance, the rap group was joined virtually by many of RTJ4’s guests including Pharrell Williams and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha who appeared via video for their respective verses on “Ju$t,”, while Mavis Staples and Josh Homme showed up like apparitions on “Pulling the Pin.” Eric Andre even served as the MC, interrupting at times to play the role of a telethon host.
“We’re proud to be a part of this initiative to encourage and enable voting and can’t wait to finally perform our album RTJ4,” said Run the Jewels in a statement. “This will be fun.”
Additionally, Killer Mike and El-P spoke about their latest album and the current state of America. “I’m encouraged that Americans are seeing that we have a common enemy right now,” said Killer Mike. “I’m encouraged that the march for the rights of black citizens is being connected to the fight for women’s rights, for the rights of legal and illegal immigrants, for a lot of other fights for basic human rights. Everyone has hit an ‘enough is enough’ point. But yeah, being angry is a lifelong affliction for the black community. Channeling it is tougher.” Watch the whole event below.
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