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Truth Universal, Miggs, KNife @The Sentient Bean

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The Dope Sandwich boys support New Orleans MC Truth Universal in a rare coffee shop show.

The title of Truth Universal’s latest, Invent the Future, comes from Burkina Faso liberator Thomas Sankara: “You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. This madness has to come from the courage to turn your back on old formulas; it has to come from the courage to invent the future. We must dare to invent the future.”

With a career ten years in the making, the Trinidad-born Truth Universal cracks open the struggles of his South Louisiana home—bloodstained pavements, lack of access to fresh food, addiction—and makes a call for justice and dynamic social innovation.

Raised on hip-hop, brass bands, calypso, jazz, and gospel, Truth Universal aspires to preserve hip-hop’s legacy while pushing his own boundaries. In his words, “The reason my music sounds like it does is a conscious effort to keep it in the vein of what influenced me to hip-hop and a natural black music progression.”

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