As hip hop groups go, Dead Prez are a rare breed. Continuing on the path of politically minded artists like Public Enemy and KRS-One the Florida-formed-New York based outfit has been crafting revolutionary but gangsta hip-hop since the late 1990s. Striving to produce records that express concepts beyond the limited confines of the rap aesthetic and are instead relevant to the struggles faced by contemporary black America, Dead Prez tackle such diverse topics as education, the drugs problem and the economic traps faced by a community that in many ways remains oppressed. Like those esteemed predecessors, Dead Prez are world-class musicians with a social conscience.
With two full albums under their belt, plus two underground mix-tapes and two solo albums of street level political hip-hop that is heavily designed challenge the status quo Dead Prez have diversified into writing and publishing, filmmaking and been the subject of an acclaimed documentary. All of which has given them the opportunity to spread their message over a wide range of media. However, music remains their first love! On the back of ‘Pulse of the People’ the third instalment of their mix tape series ‘Turn off the Radio’, Dead Prez will be descending onto London’s Koko with all their talent, fire and street level revolutionary zeal.
Support will come from the UK’s finest Klashnekoff. He has been missing in action for a while now but will surely make a solid return as he intends to release his new album ‘Back to Da Sagas’ in the coming months.
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