Thursday 10th Mar
Radical, robust and politically loaded. Dead Prez graced XOYO with their presence last week in what was a provocative display of their poetic prowess.
The tone for the evening was set by DJ Ralphonze90 who roused the room with old school hip hop records. The likes of Run DMC and Public Enemy penetrated the room as a mass of eclectic individuals gathered for the main attraction.The venue was packed out a good half hour before Dead Prez were due to kick off. A sea of people flooded the floor all the way to the bar- anticipation mounted as it became apparent that the lethal duo was late.
The room erupted as Stic. Man and M-1 stormed the stage to Turn off the radio. The bass was heavy; something which the structure of the venues was all to aware of. Showing no signs of fatigue from their tour, following their opening song, the pair stopped to acknowledge their audience whilst Stic. Man sipped what seemed to be tea from a thermal flask.
Dead Prez exploded with consciousness, Stic.Man and M-1 ripped into American Politics before steaming into Police State. Rebellion stirred within the audience. Dirty White Girl hit the crowd with a medley of heavy bass lines and groove, perfectly capturing Dead Prez’s tenacious campaign against drugs. The duo then proceeded to announce their development of ‘fit hop’ as being the tenth element of hip hop.
A big moment of the show came when Dead Prez dropped their classic (It’s Bigger Than) Hip Hop. The buzz of the opening baseline tipped the crowd over the edge, provoking a frenzy in amongst those who had come to catch a glimpse of the American duo. The evening came to an end with their own soothing rendition of Al Green’s Let’s stay together Providing a perfect close to an outstanding show from Dead Prez.
Words by Rosie Quigley
Photos courtesy of XOYO