Paid Dues Recap By Miami New Times’ Jonathan Cunningham



Written By Jonathan Cunningham for the Miami New Times

It would be great to say the hip-hop extravaganza known as the Paid Dues Tour went off without a hitch this past Saturday night. The vibes were nice, all of the MC’s who performed were superb, and this was easily one of the best hip-hop shows to take place this year.

Upon first walking into the venue though, fans were hit with unfortunate news. Due to death in his family, the headliner of the event Rakim was unable to make it. Typically, that would be a major blow to any concert but the folks at Contagious Musiq–the local promoters in charge of this leg of the tour, handled it properly. They refunded $5 off of everyone’s prepaid ticket and lowered the price at the door by the same amount. A lot of folks wouldn’t have done that so here’s an early shout out to the folks at Contagious for merging business sense with common sense.

Beyond that early glitch, much of the show was real impressive. The line-up was stacked with indie hip-hop heavyweights such as Blackalicious, Little Brother, Supernatural, Buckshot, Sollilaquists of Sound and Kidz in the Hall, all of which delivered plenty of fresh rhymes and then some. Couple that with solid local acts, Major League, Fresh Air Fund, and Wrekonize Ft. MAYDAY! and this was as serious of hip-hop show as fans are going to get until Rock the Bells happens in August….”


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