12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whether you consider Dead Prez conscious, revolutionary, or just plain anti-authority, the duo has been cranking out some of the game's most thought-provoking, rabble-rousing hip-hop for well over a decade now. While there used to be more likeminded acts in the mix (Public Enemy, Paris, X-Clan, etc.), these days most rappers seem more concerned with stacking dollars than promoting real change. From its classic debut (Let's Get Free) through the Turn Off the Radio mixtape series and the excellent Outlawz collabo Can't Sell Dope Forever, stic.man and M-1 have always kept it real. On Information Age, Dead Prez tackles survivalism ("What If the Lights Go Out"), worldwide debt problems ("GHN: Elections & Crisis"), and the dangers of drug addiction ("Dirty White Girl"). Though some of the production is surprisingly shiny and Europop-flavored (especially on "Time Travel"), the Dead Prez message thankfully remains the same as it ever was. Don't miss "Learning Growing Changing" and "The Awakening."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whether you consider Dead Prez conscious, revolutionary, or just plain anti-authority, the duo has been cranking out some of the game's most thought-provoking, rabble-rousing hip-hop for well over a decade now. While there used to be more likeminded acts in the mix (Public Enemy, Paris, X-Clan, etc.), these days most rappers seem more concerned with stacking dollars than promoting real change. From its classic debut (Let's Get Free) through the Turn Off the Radio mixtape series and the excellent Outlawz collabo Can't Sell Dope Forever, stic.man and M-1 have always kept it real. On Information Age, Dead Prez tackles survivalism ("What If the Lights Go Out"), worldwide debt problems ("GHN: Elections & Crisis"), and the dangers of drug addiction ("Dirty White Girl"). Though some of the production is surprisingly shiny and Europop-flavored (especially on "Time Travel"), the Dead Prez message thankfully remains the same as it ever was. Don't miss "Learning Growing Changing" and "The Awakening."

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About Dead Prez

The Florida-based political rap duo Dead Prez consists of Stic.man and M-1, a pair of rappers inspired by revolutionaries from Malcolm X to Public Enemy. They immersed themselves in political and social studies as they forged their own style of hip-hop. They went on to work with Big Punisher on his 1998 album Capital Punishment and released singles like 1998's "Police State with Chairman Omali" and 1999's "It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop." Their debut album, Lets Get Free, was released in early 2000. A two-volume mixtape project -- Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape, Vol. 1 and Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape, Vol. 2: Get Free or Die Tryin' -- followed in 2002 and 2003, boasting tracks and new productions, and their proper studio follow-up, RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta, appeared in 2004. Two years later the group collaborated with the three remaining members of the Outlawz for Can't Sell Dope Forever, followed shortly after by Soldier 2 Soldier, a joint record between Stic.man and Young Noble. 2009's Pulse of the People, presented by DJ Green Lantern and technically the third volume in the Turn off the Radio series, was enlivened by appearances from Chuck D, Bun B, and Styles P. In 2012 they issued Information Age, an album filled with more futuristic and electro-based production but the same politically minded lyrics. ~ John Bush

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Tallahassee, FL

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