Dialectics

Dialectics

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Dialectics are a live hip-hop band with 6 to 9 members. Needless to say, the sound is big. Taking their cues from live-band acts like the Roots and Digable Planets, the Dialectics use real guitar, bass, and drums to breath life into break beats.

Biography

Dialectics are a live hip-hop band with 6 to 9 members. No one knows the exact number for sure, and the Dialectics refuse to issue an estimate for fear that they might leave someone out. Needless to say, the sound is big. Taking their cues from live-band acts like the Roots and Digable Planets, the Dialectics use real guitar, bass, and drums to breath life into break beats. They trade in samples for the spoken word. They are pioneers in the use of manual hand claps.

Barely into their third year, the Dialectics have recorded two EP's and are finishing up their debut LP, gained a regional following, shared the stage with underground rap icons Blackalicious, The Coup, The Pharcyde, Nappy Roots, Cunninlynguists, Villebillies, Devine Carama and other talented hip-hop acts. Each show is unique and based on the jazz ethic of blending notes and rhythms on the fly. Audience participation is common, and encouraged. Whether building epic walls of sound or just banging out a crowd pleaser, the Dialectics bring it. Jai Hamilton’s voice is the purest instrument of all, and soars above the crowd like a Molotov cocktail. Eric Wilkinson spits rhymes that take crowds through the highs and lows of postmodern experience, distilling the most prescient philosophical issues of the day. Emily Bruner kicks verses that reach through the speakers and smack listeners out of political hypnosis. JK-47 proves time and again that he is second to none in his turntablism skills.

Talk to Eric after a show, and he might invite you to join the band. The Dialectics are currently accepting applications for the following positions: break dancers, slide projectionists, theremin players, auctioneers, and audience members with finely tuned cochleas. Geographic location is not a factor, provided that the applicant’s mind is in the right place. The Dialectics claim members in Lexington, KY, Athens, GA, and Cincinnati. They hope to one day colonize Texas and restore democracy in its borders.

Lyrics

Actress

Written By: Eric Wilkinson

In just a few years
You’ve seen me grow up
In just a few years
You’ll see me blow up
De La got it straight about the state of hip-hop
I might blow up but I won’t go pop
I might blow up but I won’t go pop
We might blow up but we won’t go pop
The truth is all I was is what I be
A poet, never a sucker emcee
Baptized in vinyl you can’t front on me
The Arcades in Paris
Pre-modernity
Articles of faith
The creators of myth
Planting the seeds that we now forget
I was raised on the beats of Bluegrass pasture
Word to the DJ cut it up faster

(DJ/guitar solo)

In 1987 I was more than an actor
I was an actress with my b-girl hits
And like we said before don’t front on this
I’ve been down since day one and I just don’t miss
Please give me a kiss for my troubles tonight
I spent my last dollar at Triple Crown last night
A little marijuana with some fly Africana
Escape to Old Mexico then off to Havana
Relocate but don’t fixate
American mythology belief is fate
I’m an actress from a South East state
Born with a script we all must contemplate
Back in the dressing room
I consume
Something that came in a form of mushroom
I zoom to the space and down to the spot
An ode to Hollis
The land of sure-shot
Where the emcees grow to be big stars
With godfather hats and songs from Mars
Where the emcees grow to be big stars
With Addidas shell tops and songs from Mars

(DJ/guitar solos)

The phantasmagoria
Time collects dust
Every ego that bubbles is bound to bust
Check Baudelaire with his frozen stare
I’ve seen the capitalist palaces
I won’t go there
I’ve been out to San Francisco once or twice
And I’ll soon go back to entice my vice
I was interplanetary all these years
When my soul’s on ice I really don’t care
Blown, like the song, we’ve been blown
Through the atmosphere on this microphone
In Paris we eat, in London we sleep
In Rio De Janeiro good times come cheap
I’m red on black sweet savior blue
I’m an actress and my song is too
I’m red on black sweet savior blue
I’m an actress and my song is too
I’m red on black sweet savior blue
I’m an actress and my song is too

Discography

Styles of resistance EP 2007
Incognito EP 2008
Origins of Blast LP (To Be Released 2008)

Set List

Most recent setlist:

1. Honiez with the accents
2. Actress
3. Bobby Hutton
4. Styles of resistance
5. Incognito
6. Blue Note
7. Exile
8 Colors Fly
9. Brecht is on the radio
10. Lost artists
11. Niagara Falls
12. Cocktail party
13. Block party
14. Summer Freelance

Other Dialectics songs: Flaneur, New York Stiletto, Spy Odyssey, Manacle, Love in a photograph, I am, Seattle protest song, Chloe roll your eyes

Covers: "You Got Me" -- The Roots and Erykah Badu, "Sucker emcees" -- Run DMC, "Passin' Me By" -- The Pharcyde, "Talk Show Host" -- Radiohead,