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Dead Prez, Illuminati Congo, Rocket & Gizzae Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Tue., July 3, 8 p.m. 2012

When Vice curated the Intonation Music Festival in 2006 and put "revolutionary but gangsta" rap duo Dead Prez in a juicy spot on one of the main stages, I suspected it had as much to do with Stic.man and M-1's protest chic and shock-value potential as it did with their already classic 2000 single "Hip Hop." If so, it was a brilliant booking. At one point, after they'd brought a succession of Chicago Black Panther notables onstage, they put on Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" and started into a free-form jeremiad against institutionalized education, which the almost entirely white and probably mostly left-leaning crowd went crazy for—right up until one of the MCs announced that he doesn't let his kids go to school. You could practically hear thousands of mouths drop open as the crowd realized exactly how far Dead Prez's dedication to the revolution went. But then again, the lead single from their most recent proper album, 2004's RBG, is a deeply funky pop-rap banger that contains detailed instructions for stealing someone's identity in order to exploit the corrupt welfare system, so what else would you expect? —Miles Raymer Illuminati and Rocket & Gizzae open.

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