the new millennium’s positive rap pioneers tear it down in NYC this past weekend

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This past Sunday, an almost forgotten chapter of Hip Hop re-surged at Santos Party House as dead prez headlined a show of conscious artists, something that has been missing from the game for a while now.

The crowd, which was considerably small and very culturally diverse, waited patiently for the performances to begin, as well as give the promoters some time to fill in the venue. About a half past 10, performances began. One of the most memorable was an unsigned Philly artist called The Last Emperor, who wowed the crowd with his creative flows, including a hillbilly-sounding ode to his travels around the globe in the name of Hip Hop.


Next to the stage were the A-Alikes, the dead prez-sponsored duo from NYC. Ness and A Black amped the crowd up with their video-generated singles including “Person Of Interest”, “No Savior” and “Murder Me”. A-Alikes brought forth the perfect storm to get the RBG heads of state on the stage.

dead prez set off their performance with “Malcolm, Garvey, Huey”, which just prepped the crowd for their other albums’ hits including “I’m A African”, “Intelligence Is Sexy”, and of course their timeless smash “Hip Hop”. The intimate crowd didn’t allow the low numbers of attendance to lessen the amount of energy they reciprocated to the dope performance put on by DPs. Their first show in NYC in a while proved that there is a crowd that still wants to hear righteous music and still wants to hear it from dead prez.

-Sha Be Alah(@KingPenStatus)