Yesterday, the devastating news broke that Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington, passed away. The 41-year-old musician reportedly committed suicide. Artists from Chance The Rapper to Rihanna to Pusha T took to social media to remember Bennington. Performing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Killer Mike and El-P — best known as the in-your-face rap duo Run The Jewels — dedicated their performance to Bennington.
The group came out with a lively performance of Run The Jewels 3 track, “Panther Like a Panther.” They were joined by Trina for the wild song. Built around the braggadocios hook, “I’m the shit, bitch,” the three artists bounced around the stage with swagger and confidence, encouraging the crowd to throw up their hands and “the pistol and fist.”
After “Panther Like a Panther,” the duo played another Run The Jewels 3 track, “Down.” But before the song began, El-P took time to talk to the crowd, saying, “We’d like to dedicate this next song to Chester Bennington. Rest in peace.” Killer Mike chimed in, shouting, “Love!” While Linkin Park and Run The Jewels might make very different music, there is clearly a mutual respect and level of sympathy for the tremendous loss felt by Bennington’s passing. Joi joined RTJ for “Down,” helping them sing the hook: “I coulda died, y’all / A couple times I took my eyes off the prize, y’all / I know a few people pray for my demise, y’all.”
In addition to their live tribute, El-P took to Twitter to remember Bennington.
rest in peace Chester Bennington.
— el-p (@therealelp) July 20, 2017
Late last year, Run The Jewels dropped the electric album, Run The Jewels 3, and have been performing across the world ever since. Recently. they released a grim claymation video for one of the album’s standout tracks, “Don’t Get Captured.” The video narrative tackled gentrification, criminal justice, and other political themes that often show up in their music. Revisit the video below.