Run the Jewels & Zack de la Rocha Bring Explosive Anti-Trump Energy on Stage (Video)
In the nation’s capital last night (January 19), Run the Jewels put on a particularly significant show. The politically minded duo of El-P and Killer Mike turned it up a notch on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, inviting Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha to join them on stage. The energy of the three performers on such a historic night was captured on film, and as reported by Rolling Stone, it was “an explosive, politically charged atmosphere.”
“Oh yes, that’s right. We flew him the fuck here for the show, yes,” El-P can be heard saying while welcoming de la Rocha. After calling RTJ his brothers and saluting the crowd,he joins them for a performance of “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck),” from 2014’s Run the Jewels 2. The invigorated crowd responds with fervor as the three MCs leave everything on stage.
Now that Donald Trump is President of the United States, “Close Your Eyes” seems especially fitting. With references to anarchy and a united revolution against the police force, Run the Jewels and de la Rocha are providing angst and fear-riddled Americans with an outlet to express their rage during what will likely prove to be on of the most tumultuous administrations in American history.
Prior to the trio’s performance, Killer Mike took some time to acknowledge the historical nature of the pre-inauguration event, speaking on presidential politics and the importance of maintaining the resistance. “It don’t matter who won. The day after tomorrow, this is our motherfucking country,” he told a rambunctious audience. “I don’t give a fuck who’s president. This is our country. And what will keep this republic going is truth. It’s honesty. Integrity, love, and democracy. We will not fall victim.”
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Zack de la Rocha’s Rage Against the Machine bandmates are getting just as politically engaged, performing alongside their Prophets of Rage brothers, Vic Mensa, and others at what’s being called the “Anti-Inaugural Ball,” taking place today (January 20).