Paid Dues Independent Hip-Hop Festival

It's that time of the year again: Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival. If you find yourself adverse to the vocoder and auto-tuned abundant tracks polluting both the airwaves and iPods of teenagers, this is the festival for you. Featuring some of the biggest names in independent hip-hop—from Atmosphere and Brother Ali to Tech N9ne and B-Real—the real treat of Paid Dues seems to be the fact that every single original member of the Living Legends is part of the line-up. Yup: Scarus, Sicasso, Luckylam, Aesop, Murs, Eligh, the Grounch and Sunspot Jonz all sharing one stage. Best of all? Paid Dues, the brainchild of Los Angeles-based Murs, doesn't use any corporate funding.

Sat., March 28, 3 p.m., 2009

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