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Philly Hip-Hop legend Dice Raw (aka Karl Jenkins) with Roots crew affiliation and Money Making Jam Boys ilk rhymed like a gold-medaler for the Lushlife album release party at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown on April 17th. Spitting verses from his DeNiro-eque career track credits, Dice came across as an authority to the craft in a performance most moving.
Taking the stage in a vintage-looking grey and black power suit and glasses, vodka in hand, Dice Raw was total class act. Verses were prepared with quiet effort and care with beats supplied by DJ Sugar Shay (sp?); Dice’s new set DJ. Diverse, powerful, moving, searching, and clever samples combined with Dice crowd engagement made this a must see set. One of the greatest Rap performances we have ever seen. Sufficed to say, there was no mumbling on the mic. The crisp sound of JB’s lent itself well to Dice’s flow and Sugar Shay’s turntableism. Check out our video below and witness a Philly star. Also, Gotye is sampled in the second video. I know you will like this: