Conscious rap duo Dead Prez performs at Mississippi Studios Saturday!Posted by Rob Hedberg
Who would of thought that FAMU (Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University) college would spawn one of the most confrontational hip hop duos in the last twenty years, but when Stic.man (Clayton Gavin) and M-1 (Mutulu Olugbala) met in 1996 a union was born that produced Dead Prez. Let’s Get Free, their debut album that spewed hate at corporate greed and control became the first hip-hop act to return to political conscious rap since public enemy. Considering their music a mix between N.W.A and P.E, their lyrics provide opportunity for poor inner city youth to liberate themselves from the degrading path that’s been put before them by greedy politicians who profit from their misfortune.
Supporting their mixtape album Turn Off The Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz, Dead Perez mapped a tour that will leave the audience baffled, trying to comprehend if they were at a leftist rally or hip hop show. Early in their career the duo were know for setting fire to dollar bills and tossing apples to their fans proclaiming essentiality of a health diet. Their Major hit “Hip-Hop” is sure to bring the crowd together, but songs such as “Mind Sex” demonstrates lyrical dexterity, while “I Have A Dream, Too” provides a zealous beat and pivotal message for any revolutionary gangster with a score to settle with police for unprovoked attacks.
While most Hip Hop acts rap about pointless violence, sex, women, drugs, and growing up in the Gheeto, Dead Prez arms their fans with a socialist politics and hope that America can change someday to see us all as equals. Drop what your doing Saturday, head over to Mississippi Studios Saturday and watch Dead Prez tare up the stage.