Run The Jewels performed “Thursday In The Danger Room” on last night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Colbert announced the rap duo as “friends of the show” before they performed a track from last year’s RTJ 3. El-P dedicated the song to “anyone who lost their life too soon,” and he finished the song by giving a shout-out to his late friend and collaborator Camu Tao. Though the track doesn’t necessarily show off the pair’s manic, fiery side for which their live shows are known, you can’t help but be moved by their impassioned, genuine performance, especially given the song’s dark subject matter.
Run The Jewels have had an eventful past few weeks, as they recently opened for Lorde’s U.S. arena tour (and remixed her Melodrama track, “Supercut”), inspired backlash with Killer Mike’s NRA interview, dropped a Rick and Morty-themed video for “Oh Mama,” and announced that El-P is writing the score for the forthcoming Al Capone film Fonzo, starring Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan and Kathrine Narducci.
El-P teased the group’s forthcoming album RTJ 4 in December, tweeting, “fithy, [sic] dirty, dusty plans unfolding with @KillerMike #RTJ4.”
Watch Run The Jewels perform “Thursday In The Danger Room” on last night’s Colbert below.