The iconic hip hop duo is scheduled to perform their newest album, RTJ4, live on Adult Swim for a special performance. The show will be broadcast on Adult Swim’s television channel, as well as their YouTube channel, at midnight on Saturday, October 10. The performance, which is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s, will be the first live performance of RTJ4, as well as Adult Swim’s first broadcasted performance.
“We’re proud to be a part of this initiative to encourage and enable voting and can’t wait to finally perform our album RTJ4,” Killer Mike and El-P of RTJ in a press release. “This will be fun.”
The concert is being broadcast in order to encourage voting for the upcoming election, and those watching the concert will be able to donate to the ACLU. “Young people are the single largest block of voters, and if they turn out at the same rate as their parents, they have the power to hold elected officials accountable on issues like policing and public safety, climate change, education, jobs and the economy,” states Jabari Paul, Ben & Jerry’s U.S. activism manager. “That’s why we are proud that Run the Jewels is helping spread that word and we’re pleased to be working with Adult Swim to make this exciting night happen.”
RTJ has always been publicly vocal about their desire for social activism; just this year, the release of RTJ4 came earlier than expected following the brutal murder of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer, in order to provide a voice to those who took to the streets to protest. RTJ’s Killer Mike also made an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss protesting against police brutality, and emotionally called for protestors in his hometown of Atlanta to embrace peaceful forms of protest rather than seek to bring damage and destruction to local communities.
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