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Dead Prez at the Brighton Music Hall

  • Brighton Music Hall 158 Brighton Avenue Boston, MA, 02134 United States (map)

Dead Prez was formed in New York City in 1996 and is a duo consisting of rappers, activists, and authors M1 a.k.a Mutulu Olugbala (birth name Lavonne Alford) and a.k.a Khnum Muata Ibomu (birth name Clayton Gavin). Over the years, their musical style has spanned many genres such as alternative hip hop (a style that encompasses the wide range of hip hop styles that aren’t mainstream and draws from funk and rock, as well as jazz, soul, country, electronic, and even folk music), underground rap (a label used to refer to rappers who are brazenly anti commercial and/or proudly independent, indifferent to the exposure promised by major label promotion and distribution), political hip hop (a subgenre of hip hop music that was developed in the 1980s as a way of turning rap music into a call for action and a form of social activism), and hardcore rap (a genre characterized by confrontation and aggression, whether in the lyrical subject matter, the hard, driving beats, the noisy sampling and production, or any combination thereof). They've had a stellar career with 3 studio albums, 1 live album, 9 singles, and 4 mix tapes.