Photo gallery: Run the Jewels live at Jannus Live
The energy came from the crowd on Tuesday night, but the joy radiated from the performers. Here were two guys, whose long solo careers seemed to be fading just a few years before their unlikely Brooklyn-meets-Atlanta collaboration, riding high into St. Pete on their biggest success yet. Their latest album, Run the Jewels 3, was No. 1 in the rap, R&B and hip hop categories this week, and the top-seller in physical albums and vinyl.
They were celebrating, cracking themselves up, high-fiving almost constantly and even bear-hugging as they performed under the pair of giant, dismembered hands that form their gun and fist logo. They ran through songs from all three albums in the 75-minute set, including Hey Kids (Bumaye), Kill Your Masters, Early, Run the Jewels, Down, Legend Has It, and Lie Cheat Steal, as well as Nobody Speak from DJ Shadow's The Mountain Will Fall.