El-P Criticizes DJ Duo NERVO for Allegedly Copying RTJ Gesture
Or as NERVO calls it, the "Hey Ricky dance"
Killer Mike said it best: “You can run the jewels, or lose your fingers.” The gun and fist hand gesture is an instantly recognizable emblem of the rap duo Run the Jewels. Iconic, one might even say. So it stands to reason that El-P would be a little miffed to see the Australian DJ sister-act NERVO incorporate the symbol as part of a dance for their song “Hey Ricky.” In a tweet on Wednesday, they shared a collage of fans making the RTJ symbol, or what they called “their #HeyRicky dance.”
— NERVO (@nervomusic) June 10, 2015
come on, son. https://t.co/y2oSHpg6n8
— el-p (@therealelp) June 10, 2015
While Mike and El-P clearly don’t have a monopoly on that particular arrangement of fingers, and probably weren’t the first people to ever make it, it’s hard not to associate the gun and fist with Run the Jewels in 2015. So, maybe lose the fingers, NERVO?