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Dead Prez, Gray Matters, Packard Browne, Saint Warhead

REED JACKSON
9:30 pm., Sunday July 14 | $18 advance, $20 day of show.
Hawthorne Theatre
1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
 
[HIP-HOP] It’s been over 10 years since East Coast hip-hop group Dead Prez released its debut single, the appropriately titled “Hip-Hop,” and it’s still a classic. You can’t go to a rap show in Portland without hearing a DJ drop its rumbling bassline in their opening set or an MC freestyling over it. It’s helped M1 and Stic.man stay relevant, as their work has been hit-and-miss since. Their newest album, The Information Age, is a far cry from the political back talk and captivating boom-bap production of their beloved debut, Let’s Get Free. They’ve gone down a more spiritual route, which sounds good in theory, but has actually had a dumbing-down effect on their music. The fiery emotion and intelligent wordplay has been replaced by wind chimes and corny optimism. Let’s hope their live shows haven’t suffered the same fate.

Where: Hawthorne Theatre
Phone: 233-7100
Address: 1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Website: www.hawthornetheater.com

 
 

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR
97214
 
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