Formed in New York City in 2001, The Real Live Show is comprised of the industry’s most accomplished and talented artists, each with a distinct musical styling. As a collective unit of 2 lyricists/emcees and a 7-piece jazz/funk ensemble, they have created an inspiring new urban sound called funk-hop. Think of them as The Roots infused with elements of Parliament/Funkadelic, De La Soul and Outkast. When they perform, their onstage synergy and charisma results in a mind blowing musical experience that can only be called The Real Live Show.

They have performed with influential acts such as Talib Kweli, Norah Jones, De La Soul, Dead Prez, Rakim, and Roy Hargrove and have an established fan base ranging from New York to Paris and everywhere in between. They have an independently distributed album, a video that premiered on MTV-U in 2004, and even a nationally televised commercial for Pontiac that featured their song “Energy”.

Stimulus, Ian Lawrence, is not only an accomplished emcee but is also one of New York’s most requested DJ’s. In addition to spinning at elite venues like Lot 61, Lotus, Shine and Cheetah, Stim has rocked parties in Hong Kong and Brazil. His on-point, crystal clear delivery provides a tasteful counterpoint to Dionysos’s tone and lyrical perspective. He has performed with Blackstar to Brazilian Girls, to name a few. The Brooklyn native graduated from Vassar and recently released a solo album.

Malik Work, formerly known as Dionysos, isn’t just an incredible emcee/vocalist, but an accomplished actor/voice-over artist with a degree in theater from Connecticut College. Having starred in numerous Off-Broadway productions, he brings his distinct passion for live performance to the Hip Hop world. He’s acted, written, and musical supervised for HBO, NBC, and Lion’s Gate Pictures. His voice is powerfully compelling, evidenced by two OBIE award nominations, and a brief stint as ring announcer for a boxing program.