Arts Desk

Dead Prez at Occupy D.C.: Late But Essential

After a predictable delay that surely bummed out hip-hop nerds on their lunch breaks, M-1 and stic.man of Dead Prez converged in a makeshift Occupy D.C. tent in the middle of McPherson Square today and performed for crunk homeless men, shoeless hippies, earnest fans, and a dude in a V For Vendetta mask. The concert was barely audible beyond the inner campgrounds in McPherson Square, but the show crackled at its fiery epicenter.

Dead Prez opened with 2002's frenetic "Turn Off The Radio" and ripped right into the brilliant and spooky "Hell Yeah," a regional jam so good Jay-Z hopped on an excellent remix. They may have closed with the immortal "Hip-Hop," but I had to get back to my desk.

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