Dead Prez

While the snarling synth line of "Hip Hop" that provided a walk-on for Chapelle's Show might be Dead Prez’s most well-known appearance in the mainstream, m1 and stic.man’s hip-hop is decidedly less comical. Drawing their anti-establishment antagonism from a history of ghetto life, scorn for police, black power and revolution, DP is pissed off and ready to share with the class in a live show that’s seen them ignite dollar bills. June’s DJ Drama-hosted mixtape Turn Off The Radio Vol. 4 celebrates the 10-year anniversary of debut record Let’s Get Free and nods to their 2004 classic Revolutionary But Gangsta—all while topping radio tracks from Drake to Gucci Mane with a trademark fury. But before you head for the hills, remember that along with their anger the duo promotes self-reliance and community empowerment. It might have an edge, but Dead Prez will definitely get you thinking. With Suntonio Bandanaz, Orbitron, Graves. NICK FELDMAN

Tue., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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