“They said the end of the world would come before we did this shit, kid.”
Run The Jewels always manage to produce entertaining visuals (“Close Your Eyes (And Count To F*ck);” “Don’t Get Captured;”) to complement their ruthless rhymes and neck-breaking beats. Their lyrical craftsmanship, both in creativity and depth, makes them hands-down some of the greatest forces to be reckoned with in hip hop today. With extensive music careers prior to this point, RTJ has continued to astound their fans with each album (and subsequent video) release.
“Call Ticketron” opens with two newscasters reporting breaking stories including “the world’s largest orange unveiled to actually be a clementine,” “a man who was seen hailing a cab with a severed hand,” and of course, some strange and disturbing weather patterns.
We then cut to our boys, RTJ, strolling into a sold out show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. They’re getting hyped backstage, spitting phrases like, “They said the end of the world would come before we did this shit, kid.” Things then go awry when, upon entering the stage, the audience is mysteriously absent.
Might as well call El-P and Killer Mike the new improved Nancy Drew(s) as they investigate what is soon revealed to be an apocalyptic doomsday. However, despite the eight-legged alien-swarmed wasteland, RTJ manages to keep their heads up, shades on, and blunts lit. Will our boys take care of the job and make it home in time for dinner? Tune in next time.
As usual, Run The Jewels manages to pack a mind-blowing amount of content into their songs, while maintaining a dark sense of humor throughout it all. “Call Ticketron,” directed by Brad Palmer & Brian Palmer of Surround, continues to carry this well-deserved torch. A torch that we might all just need when the lizard people apocalypse takes over our very own country now. Too dark? Eh, in the wise words of Killer Mike (“Legend Has It”), “F*ck it, it was fun.”
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