Dead Prez live concert photos in Santa Ana on May 18, 2012
New York City’s Dead Prez are questionably one of the most important contemporary hip hop groups to ever manifest. Highly charged political messages and a cultural lifestyle that actually aligns with the words they consciously have given to the world over the last decade, Dead Prez have been a beacon of light in a over glossy, money driven, corporate consumed rap world. When I first saw the group live in LA some years ago, their live performance was unbelievable, turning out the house and creating a euphoria unmatched in hip hop groups that it left me speechless during the entire performance. I could only move my body and absorb the deep messages they were giving, something that I knew was on the same level as what it must have been like to see John Coltrane or Jimi Hendrix ignite a room. Lord Jamar of the influential Brand Nubian was responsible for aligning Dead Prez with Loud Records in their inception and the group has blazed a trail ever since.
Orange County’s Out Da House Productions did something no other spot has done in the OC and that was to book Dead Prez for a special headlining performance and to further extend their legacy as one of the truest hip hop promotion organizations in the OC. With the spirit of a 1000 men, Dead Prez lifted the crowd into the outer regions of consciousness as they mapped their way through a ton of materials that have graced their records over the years. Dead Prez has contributed a body of works that we feel are extremely important in the preservation of hip hop culture. As controversial as their lyrics might be to some, it’s the type of response to societies ill’s and in large parts what hip hop became, or didn’t depending on how you look at it, that we as a society can only learn from.
It is with great pleasure to present this photo archive of Dead Prez live at Malones in the OC under the Out Da House Productions organization. Shot by the very talented Ashley Strong, these photos represent a continuation of hip hop culture that can never be stopped and will always exist regardless of the confrontations that come with it being popular. Timeless music inside of a sold out house for those ready to loose their minds and raise their spirits in the name of one of the greatest hip hop groups ever, Dead Prez. You can’t put a price on that.