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The show opened with Nick Hook and a short dj set. He highlighted some tracks he produced for RTJ and discussed the recording process of working with them. Cuz-4 With Hook remaining as the dj Cuz came out to perform a few of his tracks. According to the internet he is a protégé of Killer Mike’s and has a collaborative track out now. Cuz gave the crowd his phone number and after leading the crowd in a chant of “What up Cuz” said that the first person to text him “What up Cuz?” would get a chance to come backstage and meet everyone.


Gangsta Boo was next on the bill and entered the stage with her phone up in the selfie pose as she was sending a video live to the internet. Her performance as well as the other two openers were relatively short. The Gaslamp Killer was the last opener and this dude was hyper as all get out. His dj set was a mix of up-tempo tracks that mixed in everything from Kendrick Lamar to Death grips.

Engaging with the crowd beyond just the music he spoke on a couple of instances to his Middle Eastern heritage as he told us where his grandparents were from in Syria and he then mixed middle-eastern-flavored music into his hectic set.


Hyping the crowd for RTJ Gaslamp Killer played for a second time Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” commenting that in spite of the day’s events (Trump’s inauguration) that we would be alright.


Run the Jewels took the stage and immediately got in their groove while taking the time to pose and smile for the crowd. There are so few rap “groups” today that it’s really cool to see two mc’s hand off verses and interact on the stage.


Killer Mike and El-P took many instances to talk with the crowd and on occasion also remarked to the story of the day which was the inauguration of Trump. Offering solace in their music RTJ proved that nothing was going to bring down the mood in the Ritz.


Before jumping in to “Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k)” El-P took a moment to warn that this song usually erupts the crowd into a mosh pit and encouraged everyone to be respectful and help each other out if needed.


The night before at their DC show Zach De la Rocha joined them live to offer his verse on this song and I was hoping for the slim chance that he may have jumped on the bus to Raleigh and would pop up for this track and his guest appearance on the track from RTJ 3 “A Report to the Shareholders: Kill your Masters”, alas he did not.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the newest RTJIII release, but want to know if it’s worth it, check out our friends at Goin’ Off podcast with Mues and Rap Critic who review the album:

And if you’re lucky, you might still have a chance to buy tickets to a show near you, but hurry!

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Remaining Tour Dates:

Date Venue Location Tickets
Jan 23 The Beacham Theatre Orlando, FL Sold Out
Jan 24 Jannus Live St. Petersburg, FL Sold Out
Jan 25 The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Miami Beach, FL Tickets
Jan 29 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ Tickets
Jan 30 The Observatory North Park San Diego, CA Sold Out
Feb 01 Shrine Expo Hall Los Angeles, CA Sold Out
Feb 02 City National Civic San Jose, CA Tickets
Feb 03 Fox Theater Oakland, CA Sold Out
Feb 05 Van Duzer Theatre at Humboldt State University Arcata, CA Tickets
Feb 06 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR Sold Out
Feb 07 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA Sold Out
Feb 08 PNE Forum Port Coquitlam, Canada Tickets
Feb 10 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT Tickets
Feb 11 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO Sold Out
Feb 13 Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland Kansas City, MO Tickets
Feb 14 Myth Maplewood, MN Tickets
Feb 15 Orpheum Theater Madison, WI Sold Out
Feb 17 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL Sold Out
Feb 18 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI Sold Out
Feb 19 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada Sold Out
Feb 21 Metropolis Montréal, Canada Tickets
Feb 22 State Theatre Portland, ME Sold Out
Feb 24 House of Blues Boston, MA Sold Out
Feb 25 Terminal 5 New York, NY Sold Out
Feb 26 Terminal 5 New York, NY Sold Out
Feb 27 Terminal 5 New York, NY Sold Out
Mar 01 Terminal 5 New York, NY Tickets
Mar 10 BUKU Music + Art Project New Orleans, LA Tickets
Mar 11 BUKU Music + Art Project New Orleans, LA Tickets
Mar 29 Limelight Belfast, United Kingdom Sold Out
Mar 30 Olympia Dublin, Ireland Sold Out
Mar 31 Albert Hall Manchester, United Kingdom Sold Out
Apr 01 The Roundhouse London, United Kingdom Sold Out
Apr 03 Snowbombing Mayrhofen, Austria Tickets
Apr 05 Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands Sold Out
Apr 06 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium Tickets
Apr 07 ELYSEE MONTMARTRE Paris, France Tickets
May 26 Boston Calling Boston, MA Tickets
May 26 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL Tickets
May 27 Boston Calling Boston, MA Tickets
May 27 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL Tickets
May 28 Boston Calling Boston, MA Tickets
May 28 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL Tickets
Jun 02 Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain Tickets
Jun 03 Field Day London, United Kingdom Tickets
Jun 09 Northside Festival Aarhus, Denmark Tickets
Jul 14 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY Tickets
Jul 15 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY Tickets
Jul 16 Forecastle Festival Louisville, KY Tickets

Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.

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