Dead Prez

Dead Prez

Sunwun, DJ Ant Live, DJ Kahlil Ali

Thu. October 18, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Underground Arts

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

Dead Prez
Dead Prez
Dead Prez is the pair of politically militant rappers, Stic.Man and M-1. They have become known for their hard-hitting style and socialist lyrics, focusing on anti-racism, anti-capitalism, critical pedagogy, as well as activism against social injustice and corporate control over the media (especially hip-hop record labels.)

In 1990, M-1 headed to Tallahassee to attend FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) where he and Sticman met and connected due to their mutual love of music and knowledge. "I was soaking up the Black Panther Party as a whole," M-1 remembers. "I learned about their lives and it helped mold me."

"I realized there's a struggle already going on and I have to try to help ride it out," interjects Stic.man. M-1's quest for insight led him to join the International Democratic People's Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) in Chicago for three years while Stic.man remained behind in Florida and started getting into trouble. Burned out by the arduous labor of Uhuru, M-1 decided it was time to do that music thing and Stic.man agreed.

Dead Prez transcribed the leftist political education they acquired into lyrical poetry. Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar discovered them in New York and helped them sign a deal with Loud Records. But being the new kids on the block of a powerhouse label like Loud (home to the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep) wasn't easy. dead prez wasn't always Loud's priority but that didn't stop them from building a fan base around their over-the-top performances. (They've been known to ignite dollar bills and toss apples into the audiences, declaring they eat healthy).

With hard-hitting beats, politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts, dead prez emerged in 2000 as one of rap’s most politically strident outfits. Stic.man and M-1’s music provided a voice for the voiceless, a sobering look at the global power structure that was crippling billions of people internationally and millions of Americans domestically. The duo’s first two studio albums, 2000’s Lets Get Free and 2004’s RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta, were accompanied by four acclaimed Turn Off The Radio mixtapes and solo albums, and in 2012 they returned with Information Age.

Dead prez’s consistent artistry, and activism, has earned them legendary status, and they remain one of the driving forces in Hip-Hop today.
Sunwun
Sunwun
S.U.N.W.U.N (Something U Never Witnessed Until Now)a hip hop artist based out of Philadelphia allows fans the opportunity to experience the combination of that raw Hip Hop sound infused with the new age knowledge of today. This is a raw Boom Bap Artist with a Melodic twist, a unique combination that will bring that Golden Era of Hip Hop back with a new modern style.
“ A lot of new artist of today did not have the opportunity to experience that Golden Era of Hip Hop that I was exposed to. A lot of the music today lacks that true Hip Hop vibe, we have a handful of so called conscious rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole and a few more artist that have been trying to fill the void of what we’ve been missing, but I do not feel that it is enough. SUNWUN makes music because true Hip Hop music is being over shadowed by this new sound that is filled with ignorant content that lacks education. People use Hip Hop as a tool of enlightenment and as an artist, we have a responsibility to create music that will fulfill that need.
DJ Ant Live
DJ Ant Live
DJ Kahlil Ali
DJ Kahlil Ali
Venue Information:
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19108
http://undergroundarts.org/