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Live Review: Paid Dues Festival Featuring Black Hippy, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Immortal Technique, More

posted April 1, 2013, 12:20 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Debating whether I’d attend the Paid Dues music festival on March 30th, the line-up proved too much of a draw to stay away. The idea of getting to hear new artists and those I knew and loved outweighed the con of venue choice. Changing venues a few weeks before the show filled me with naïve hope that this con would disappear altogether. With an overwhelming schedule of artists playing at overlapping times on three stages, I needed to map the day out as efficiently as possible which was aided by the Paid Dues app that allowed users to customize a schedule for the day(nice touch) minus the meet and greets if you went VIP.

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Getting stuck in highway accident and one-lane traffic to get to the venue, the magic number “20” soon revealed itself. Asking security where to park, I was told it would be an extra $20 besides the parking fee I already paid purchasing the ticket to park in “VIP” VIP parking. Then it was a 20 minute walk from the “VIP” VIP parking to the venue entrance. It was a 20 minute wait to check in and another 20 minutes to get a VIP backpack, which unfortunately caused me to miss the Jean Grae and Joey Bada$$ meet and greet. Cutting my losses, I headed to the main Paid Dues stage to check out The Internet and my previous interviewee The Grouch and Eligh. After meeting G&E (who were very friendly and approachable) in the VIP meet and greet, I headed back to the Paid Dues stage to check out De La Soul. Is there anything better than hearing De La Soul perform “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays” on a Saturday? I think not.

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After taking another 20 minute walk to get to the Dues Paid Stage and Monster Energy stages to see Killer Mike and Joey Bada$$, I ventured back into the VIP tent to meet Hopsin (he was dope) and Talib Kweli ( a big thrill since I LOVE Black Star) and then returned back to the Paid Dues stage for good to see another prior interviewee Immortal Technique (“¡Viva la Revolucion!), Tech N9ne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (who had a pun and dance filled set)and who could forget Black Hippy featuring group and solo songs from Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar (who I’d just seen on Thursday at Jimmy Kimmel). Returning home exhausted and with ringing ears, my dues were thoroughly paid.

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Peep more live clips from the show below!


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