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The Dialectics is a live hip-hop band. The band features critical poetics, dope flows, and challenging funk and jazz. The beats are tight and the riffs are sick. Every show is a party made to dance. The Dialectics have played shows with Blackalicious, Big Fresh, and Art of Covenant among others.


The Dialectics is a live hip-hop band with origins in Lexington, Kentucky. They blend conscious flows and postmodern sensibilities with funk, jazz and hip-hop beats. Their shows are interactive and memorable for the funky grooves, conscious poetics with 'move the crowd' delivery, and artistic experimentation. Eric Wilkinson's lyricism is political, personal and "critical" in the Frankfurt School sense of the word. Jai Hamilton holds it down with her emcee stylings and soulful vocals a la Ladybug Mecca or Lauryn Hill. The band plays music that is challenging and experimental while still accessible to party people who love to dance.

Influences include: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Afrika Bambattaa, Run-DMC, Digable Planets, Hendrix, Coltrane, Pavement, Nirvana, Talking Heads, Public Enemy, Krs One, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, P Funk, The Pharcyde, Tracy Chapman, Erykah Badu, Ani Difranco, Beck


Styles of resistance EP (2006)

Set List

Sets range from 1 to 2 hours. A typical setlist looks like this:

1. Styles of resistance
2. The manacle
3. Bobby Hutton
4. Sandbox
5. Lost artists
6. The flaneur
7. Love in a photograph
8. Ballet
9. I am
10. Seattle protest song
11. Digable cover (may 4th movement)
12. Colors Fly
13. Blue note
14. Niagara falls
15. Actress
16. Chloe roll your eyes
17. New York Stiletto
18. Brecht is on the radio
19. Last poets to Foucault