As the build-up to the final night of the seventh annual Northside Festival came closer to its closing day, the weekend brought on musicians from all walks of life from all over the Earth to celebrate their craft and art in North Brooklyn. It was an incredible weekend and it needed to go out with a bang and they left it in the hands of the hottest duo in hip-hop right now -- Run the Jewels.
Live Pix of Northside Fest - Sunday
Walking on stage to Queen's "We Are The Champions," the duo featuring Brooklyn's own El-P and Atlanta's Killer Mike, who had his arm in a sling as he still recovers from shoulder surgery, arrived to a heroes welcome as DJ Trackstar cut the music so the duo can say hi to crowd. "New York, we about to burn this the motherfuck down," Killer Mike exclaimed as they opened with "Run the Jewels." It was as if the heavens were listening or they are fans of the group, that burning that Mike wanted to do was immediately cooled as rain came pouring down on the fans who had fists and pistols made with their hands in the air, showcasing the groups logo, and created pandemonium in the sea of humanity as everyone got into the set right away. It was as if they entire weekend was building to this moment and if it was, no one was going to be let down.
For just over an hour, Run the Jewels weren't just playing just another show, they weren't playing just another festival, they were playing to the hearts and minds of the crowd that braved the wind and rain during their set and the heat waiting for them to arrive. This is a duo that is not just the hottest names in hip-hop right now, they have been here, working their asses off for years and are proving they are here to stay.I can't even express how much that show meant to me, New York. thank you.— el-p (@therealelp) June 15, 2015