Independent Hip Hop mainstay Murs and Guerilla Union have teamed up to bring the Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival to the stage for its sixth year. The show will feature over forty acts on three separate stages. And now a few more big names have been added to the already stacked bill. Bay Area legend E-40 is set to headline the “Dues Paid” stage at the festival. Murs had this to say about 40 Water, “It is with great pride that I announce E-40 will be headlining the ‘Dues Paid’ stage. As far as independent rap goes, he was the first to get his label major distribution. From Master P to El-P, he pioneered the artist/CEO business model in Hip-Hop.”
The other new names include southern pioneer Bun B, political duo Dead Prez, and Providence emcee Sage Francis. They join Mos Def and Talib Kweli as Black Star, Immortal Technique, Lil B, P.O.S., Visionaries, and many more. Co-promoter Chang Weisber of Guerilla Union outlined the festival’s mission: “Now more than ever, it’s important to have a live music platform like our Paid Dues festival, which showcases the best and brightest that independent Hip-Hop to offer. If you want a pulse on what’s happening in Hip-Hop Paid Dues is a true barometer. Murs has done an amazing job bringing together new and emerging artists as well as the most established pioneers in the business.”
The festival takes place on April 2nd in San Bernadino. Leading up to that Murs will be embarking on a 35 date tour called “The Road To Paid Dues.” For more information check out the show’s website, http://paidduesfestival.com.