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Dead Prez at The Shreddder.

Boiseans, who face costumed Tea Partiers on what feels like a daily basis, got a dose of a different kind of revolutionary propaganda Sept. 28 at The Shredder, courtesy of New York hip-hop act Dead Prez. The group's lyrics and banter are rich with the language and urgency of personal liberation and black power ideology. As the band puts it: revolutionary but gangsta.

The Shredder moved the half pipe out of the way for the show, leaving it largely empty for opening acts Olyghost, Charles Engles and P-Dirt.

But the smokers and loiterers rushed in for the headlining act.

"Kill that house, kill that sound, everybody bring your ass to the front," the DJ said. They did.

Unfortunately, that big rush was followed by several minutes of empty hype. People at the back started peeling off, going to grab a drink by the time the two emcees stepped onstage and dropped aggressive rhymes dissecting topics of political and cultural oppression.

Members of the audience threw money onstage for the band to burn, a stage antic it's known for.

"We only burn ones," M-1 said. "These are fives. You could invest that shit."

"Or you could buy, like, two pounds of organic greens with this," Stic.man added.

But the audience threw more. The band scooped it up and encouraged the audience to visit its website to download the new Dead Prez album that will drop Tuesday, Oct., 16.

The audience likely would have bought drinks with it, something the band encouraged them to reconsider. Stic.man was celebrating the anniversary of his sobriety and said he had never felt "more gangsta." He was even training for a marathon.

"I'm Jehovah fitness," he said. "I'm Rev. Malcolm exercise."

Then the crowd went crazy as the band played its biggest hit, Hip Hop, singing along to every word.

"It's a small space, it's a small crowd," Stic.man said. "But it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

Then Dead Prez covered Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

"Thanks for coming, Boise," the band said. "Well see you all on the front lines."

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