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Paid Dues
Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival
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GenreHip Hop music
DatesMarch, Summer
Location(s)United States
Years active2006 - 2013
Founded byGuerilla Union, Murs
WebsitePaid Dues- Official Website

Paid Dues was an annual hip hop festival that took place in California, until the summer of 2007, when it was announced that the festival travel to multiple locations. The last festival took older in 2013.

Paid Dues was an event presented by Murs 3:16 in association with Guerilla Union.

On March 11, 2006 the first Paid Dues festival sold out, with over 5,000 concert goers packing the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles. The line-up for the Paid Dues 2006 Festival included the debut live performance from Felt (Murs of Living Legends and Slug and Ant of Atmosphere).

Date City Venue Lineup
March 24 San Bernardino, California National Orange Show Felt, Sage Francis, Blackalicious, Brother Ali, Jean Grae, Visionaries, Cage, Mr. Lif, Zion I & The Grouch, Devin the Dude, Evidence of Dilated Peoples w/ The Alchemist, Pigeon John, Los Nativos, Hangar 18.

Following the success of the second annual PAID DUES festival in Southern California promoters MURS 3:16 in association with Guerilla Union (Rock The Bells, Cypress Hill's Smokeout) have announced they will tour.

"The national touring of PAID DUES is a dream come true. It's what I had in mind when I first brought the idea to Guerilla Union--something like a Warped tour for underground hip-hop, where my friends and I could be outside in the daylight enjoying summer with our fans instead of cramped up in some dark smelly nightclub worried about staying up too late and being too tired for work the next morning," states MURS. "It also provides a safe and comfortable environment in which the younger fans can be introduced to a proper live hip-hop show."

PAID DUES hit over 10 major markets across the country. It will pass through various sized venues ranging from 1,000 to 40,000 capacities. In New York City (July 28 and 29) and Los Angeles (August 11), PAID DUES will merge with the Rock The Bells festivals featuring headliners Rage Against The Machine and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Date City Venue
July 25 Chicago, IL Congress Theater
July 27 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion
July 28 New York, NY Randall's Island with Rock The Bells
July 29 New York, NY Randall's Island with Rock The Bells
August 1 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
August 4 Eugene, OR Secret House Vineyard
August 5 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
August 7 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 9 Santa Fe, NM Paolo Soleri Amphitheater
August 10 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre
August 11 San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Pavilion with Rock The Bells
August 12 San Diego, CA Chula Vista Amphitheater parking lot with Rock the Bells
August 18 San Francisco, CA McCovey Cove parking Lot with Rock The Bells
August 10 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre

Date City Venue Lineup
March 28 San Bernardino, California National Orange Show Atmosphere, Tech N9ne, Living Legends, Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz & Crooked I), Brother Ali, B-Real, The Grouch & Eligh, Cage, Eyedea & Abilities, Blu & Exile, LMNO, The Bayliens, VerBS.

Hosted by 2Mex

Date City Venue Lineup
April 3 San Bernardino, California NOS Events Center Ice Cube, Freestyle Fellowship, Murs & 9th Wonder, Tech N9ne, Raekwon, Tha Dogg Pound, Jay Electronica, Dilated Peoples, Psycho Realm, Necro, People Under The Stairs, Del tha Funky Homosapien, Freeway, Jake One, Random Axe, R.A. the Rugged Man, Strong Arm Steady, Shape Shifters, Curren$y, Doomtree, Mac Lethal, Potluck, Redrapper, Afro Classics, Dom Kennedy, Hopie Spitshard, DJ Rowdy A, MC Prototype.

Hosted by Angela Yee & DJ Wonder, DJ Val the Handle & Dumbfoundead and The LA Leakers

Saturday April 2 at NOS Events Center[1]
Paid Dues Stage Dues Paid Stage GrindTime Now Stage

Black Star
Immortal Technique
Bun B
Sage Francis
Asher Roth & Nottz are Rawth
Heavy Metal Kings
Dead Prez
Krizz Kaliko
Binary Star
Tabi Bonney
Sab the Artist aka Musab
Hosted by Hollywood Holt and Million $ Mano

Andre Nickatina
Nipsey Hussle
Lil B the Based God
The Shock G Trio
Mistah FAB
The Visionaries
Black Hippy
Dom Kennedy
King Fantastic
Casey Veggies
Noa James
Hosted by Sunspot Jonz and the Marksmen, DJ Mark Luv and DJ Nu-Mark

DJ Muggs vs. Sick Jacken, Bambu & Planet Asia
DJ Exile vs. Blu & Fashawn
Grieves w/ Budo
Chino XL
Machina Muerte
Blame One
GrindTime Now All Stars
Johnny Storm vs. Dizaster
Real Deal vs. Dirtbag Dan
DJ Freshh

On the afternoon of December 13, 2011, Murs once again hosted a live chat session on uStream to announce the headliners for the next edition of the Paid Dues Festival: Wu-Tang Clan and Odd Future topped the bill, with more acts announced leading up to the festival. It continued the annual tradition by once again taking place at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, CA.[2]

Saturday April 7 at NOS Events Center
Paid Dues Festival 2012

Wu-Tang Clan
Odd Future
Mac Miller
Living Legends
Three 6 Mafia
Kendrick Lamar
Brother Ali
DJ Quik
Psycho Realm
Dilated Peoples
People Under The Stairs
Boot Camp Clik
Alchemist & Oh No are Gangrene
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
LA Symphony
Crooked I
Mac Lethal
RA the Rugged Man
Ras Kass
Self Scientific
Swim Team
Surf Club
Rah Digga
Los Rakas
Psalm One
Trek Life
Tayf 3rd
Tiron & Ayomari
Moe Green
Alexander Spit
Curtiss King
Kosha Dillz
Curtiss King
Moe Green
Hosted by Hollywood Holt x DJ Bizzy x Noa James X DJ Mark Luv x 2Mex x Madd Illz x DJ Foundation

  • Grind Time Battles
  • Dirtbag Dan v. Isaac
  • Jonny Storm v. Real Talk

Saturday March 30 at NOS Events Center[3]
Paid Dues 2013

Black Hippy
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Tech N9ne
Immortal Technique
Trinidad James
Talib Kweli
Juicy J
Nipsey Hussle
Dom Kennedy
Mobb Deep
De La Soul
Murs & Fashawn
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Grouch & Eligh
Souls of Mischief
Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill are Heavy Metal Kings
Joey Badass
Killer Mike
Suga Free
Swollen Members
Problem & Badlucc
Smoke DZA
Jean Grae
Binary Star
Grouch & Eligh
The Internet
Ugly Duckling
Styles of Beyond
Chevy Woods
Vince Staples
Berner & Equipto
Flatbush Zombies
Sunspot Jonz & Boac
Terrace Martin
Ellay Khule
Stevie Crooks
Dirtbag Dan
First Dirt
Hosted by
Holywood Holt
Black Cloud Music
Tayf 3rd & 2Mex
DJ Mark Luv
Jansport J
DJ R-Tistic

See also


  1. ^ "Paid Dues Festival 2011 / LINE UP". Paid Dues Festival website. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Paid Dues Festival 2012 / LINE UP". Paid Dues Festival website. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Paid Dues Festival 2013 / LINE UP". Paid Dues Festival website. Retrieved .

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