Dead Prez at Skully's

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

"It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop" has been Dead Prez' motto since day one, but they're pretty damn good at hip-hop anyway.

The rap revolutionaries don't fall victim to the problems that plague a lot of political rap. That is, they don't let their anger get in the way of a good hook - or a good joke for that matter. The "Hell Yeah" video is a lot more entertaining than M.I.A.'s super-serious attempts to outrage bourgeois white people.

They'll play Skully's on Friday toting a new mixtape called "Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz." Among the openers will be Columbus ex-pat Copywrite, set to release a new album of his own, "The Life And Times Of Peter Nelson," next month.

Unruly Records, Apocalypse Inc., and the ubiquitous The 3rd round out the bill.

Dead Prez

Friday, Oct. 22