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Dead Prez and Head-Roc Perform at Occupy D.C. Today

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Last night, Occupy D.C. organizers announced that Dead Prez and D.C.'s own Head-Roc will play a free concert today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in McPherson Square. While the performance is part of an anti-Walmart rally, don't be surprised if the musicians let fly some of their feelings about Occupy D.C. In an op-ed at the Huffington Post yesterday, Head-Roc—a longtime D.C. rapper and occasional Washington City Paper contributor—wrote that aspects of the movement make him "uncomfortable."

"I can't speak to the other Occupy movements happening around the country," he wrote, "but here in the nation's capital the inclusion of input and leadership from people who understand the importance of talking about D.C.'s social and economic disparities with regard to race and class is woefully and noticeably missing."

Head-Roc says that he was invited to the concert by Faye Williams, a small-business advocate who runs Sisterspace and Books, a bookstore that specialized in work by and about African-American women. And while it's unclear how Dead Prez—or, as Heady described them, "internationally known Black Love Pan-Africanist agenda-driven hip-hop legends"—was tapped for the show, the hip-hop duo is famous for their ethical and socially conscious rhymes, which makes an Occupy show seem right up their alley.

The concert will be far from the first at Occupy D.C. or the nearby Stop the Machine encampment—even Jackson Browne, of '70s liberal-nostalgia fame, turned up in Freedom Plaza earlier this month to kick in a few protest songs of his own.

Photo by Flickr user basement414, creative commons attribution license

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