LEO37 and Taiwan based band SOSS‘ tribute to dead prez‘s Hip Hop penetrates deep. The passion within this live performance is something music lovers around the world will be able to feel, proving that the ability to connect through music is indeed “Bigger than Hip Hop”. So much struggle and pain, liberation and salvation can be found within music, within poetry set to a rhythm, and the amount of healing it provides can only be explained through some sort of Divine guidance. LEO37 + SOSS channeled the spirit of this dead prez classic and became its vessels for a new form of Hip Hop expression. There were chills on my end as I let go to this powerful message. LEO37’s flow accompanied by SOSS’ live instrumentation, with dead prez being the undercurrent- it’s a tribute worthy of high respect.
LEO37 shares his thoughts on dead prez and their contributions to Hip Hop below. It’s a short, but very potent read.
Drums/鼓手: ADRIANO MOREIRA 高飛
Bass/Bass手: EUGENE YU 俞友楨
Keys/鍵盤手: SUNG-YA CHANG
Guitar/吉他手: UNCLE LEE 李世鈞
This is our re-imagining of Dead Prez’s 1999 super-anthem, “Hip-Hop”.
I didn’t change the lyrics.
In Hip-Hop we rarely pay tribute or honor our great artists and classic songs like so many other genres do. And outside of VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (which ended 5 years ago), we never really show gratitude to those who came before us.
For me, this song’s content has never lost potency and if you really look around, every lyric still applies to today’s social and political climate. Plus, after country jumping for the better part of 6 years, to see the impact this song has internationally is an experience in itself.
So, as we revisit and reinterpret one of my all-time favorites, I just want to say:
Thank You Dead Prez.
With those who can’t be with us in mind,
It’s B1993R than Hip-Hop.
Be well world.