AMH & Walking Bear Productions Present:
Reef The Lost Cauze, Ai-Que, DJ Antlive, Hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Dead Prez are a political and socially conscious hip-hop group consisting of members: Sticman & M-1. Inspired by the likes of Malcolm X and Public Enemy among others. The groups politically charged lyrics and revolutionary standpoint produce a style that sets them apart from a lot of other hip-hop groups out there.
Dead Prez is the pair of politically militant rappers, Stic.Man and M-1. They have become known for their hard-hitting style and socialist lyrics, focusing on anti-racism, anti-capitalism, critical pedagogy, as well as activism against social injustice and corporate control over the media (especially hip-hop record labels.)
In 1990, M-1 headed to Tallahassee to attend FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) where he and Sticman met and connected due to their mutual love of music and knowledge. "I was soaking up the Black Panther Party as a whole," M-1 remembers. "I learned about their lives and it helped mold me."
"I realized there's a struggle already going on and I have to try to help ride it out," interjects Stic.man. M-1's quest for insight led him to join the International Democratic People's Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) in Chicago for three years while Stic.man remained behind in Florida and started getting into trouble. Burned out by the arduous labor of Uhuru, M-1 decided it was time to do that music thing and Stic.man agreed.
Dead Prez transcribed the leftist political education they acquired into lyrical poetry. Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar discovered them in New York and helped them sign a deal with Loud Records. But being the new kids on the block of a powerhouse label like Loud (home to the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep) wasn't easy. dead prez wasn't always Loud's priority but that didn't stop them from building a fan base around their over-the-top performances. (They've been known to ignite dollar bills and toss apples into the audiences, declaring they eat healthy).
With hard-hitting beats, politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts, dead prez emerged in 2000 as one of rap’s most politically strident outfits. Stic.man and M-1’s music provided a voice for the voiceless, a sobering look at the global power structure that was crippling billions of people internationally and millions of Americans domestically. The duo’s first two studio albums, 2000’s Lets Get Free and 2004’s RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta, were accompanied by four acclaimed Turn Off The Radio mixtapes and solo albums, and in 2012 they returned with Information Age.
Dead prez’s consistent artistry, and activism, has earned them legendary status, and they remain one of the driving forces in Hip-Hop today.
Reef The Lost Cauze
Reef the Lost Cauze is the pen name for Philadelphia's own Sharif Lacey. Reef has been a firmly planted staple in the underground hip hop scene since the late 90's. Living up to the definition of a true emcee, Reef has won more battles than a five star general in the freestyle circuits of New York, Philly, and anywhere in between. His unrelenting work ethic has graced the public with 5 LPs and countless mixtapes since 2001. Reef's hunger for the mic hasn't diminished after all these years as he can still be heard belting out well sculpted bars in your favorite venues across Philadelphia.
Ai-Que is a Philadelphia MC heavily focused on the cultural impact and unification of global communities. Set on making timeless music which highlights the narrative of a generation, his unique voice, poignant lyricism and witty charm give listeners the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in his content. His artistic style of wordplay along with his storytelling and general life philosophies, Ai-Que is an artist that embraces the listeners and people who go to his shows like family making the listening experience that much more enjoyable. He also is an avid member of the Hip-Hop and education communities in Philadelphia, and is the executive director for Philly’s longest running Hip-Hop event, The Philly Gathering.
Hosted by D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik
Human Beatboxer / MC originally from Philadelphia, PA, Andre Lett, a.k.a. "D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik," currently resides in Atlanta, GA, and is the Host of the Mic Club at the Apache Cafe. His name is an acronym for the Divine Real Essence of Sound (D.R.E.S.).
Creative Loafing recently named D.R.E.S. “Best Vocalist” in their Best of Atlanta 2002 issue, calling him the “rockingest esophagus in town.” D.R.E.S. simultaneously brings a unique perspective to the art of beatboxing and the culture of hip-hop.
D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik has been compared to artists such as Rahzel the Godfather of Noize, Bobby McFerrin, Doug E. Fresh, and Biz Markie. In addition to the artists mentioned, D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik has also taken the stage with Black Eyed Peas, KRS-One, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, Black Sheep, Nice & Smooth, Little Brother, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Jurassic5, Dilated Peoples, Public Enemy, Talib Kweli, Redman & Method Man, T.I., Killer Mike, De La Soul, Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Rakim, Del the Funkee Homosapien, DJ Krush, Massinfluence, the Roots, Kanye West, DJ Green Lantern, Common, and Erykah Badu. D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik also lent his talents to Open Transport, a nationally-distributed video compilation featuring Pharoahe Monch, Reflection Eternal, and many other underground hip-hop artists.
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