Dead Prez

Dead Prez

 Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
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Biography

Dead Prez
Information Age Biography

With hard-hitting beats, politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts, dead prez emerged in 2000 as one of raps most politically strident outfits. Stic.man and M-1s music provided a voice for the voiceless, a sobering look at the global power structure that was crippling billions of people internationally and millions of Americans domestically. The duos first two studio albums, 2000s Lets Get Free and 2004s RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta, were accompanied by four acclaimed Turn Off The Radio mixtapes and solo albums.
When the duo embarked upon recording its third studio project, they wanted to present a new outlook. We had already built on the political struggle on the first record, Stic says. We had already built on the streets and how that relates on our second record, so we said, What about the inner liberation? What about the consciousness in terms of our perspective and our paradigms and our inner awakening? How does that relate to freedom?
That self-examination led to Information Age, dead prezs first studio album in eight years. Stic and M-1 wondered if, during an age where information is easier to access than ever thanks to the Internet, people were taking advantage of that access. Were people tapping into their inner Google, so to speak? They wanted to present an aural juxtaposition of the technical age while using the ancient know-thyself-discovery process and deliver an album with a new, different timbre than their first two albums.
The sonics arrived in a futuristic form from producers Stic, Dirk Pate and others, complete with plenty of thump on the low end and ethereal elements. It was part of the progression, the next chapter in dead prezs story. After all, there is no revolution without evolution.
When you talk about growing, expanding and awakening, it allows you to open up like a lotus to all the things that are here in the world, M-1 says. We intended to be perceived as artists who change, who are adapting, who are strategizing.
True, the duos pointed societal unmasking appears on the urgent A New Beginning and the biting Dirty White Girl, but Information Age also represents a shift, a move toward being proactive. Its about an awakening, coming into knowledge and discovering things that are practical, useful and new.
What If The Lights Go Out, for instance, was partially borne from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Our comment in that song is about being prepared, being prepared for a natural disaster, for things that are going on in this world with war, terrorism, police brutality, storms, global warming, Stic says. Dont just sit around and worry about what the governments going to do or not do and just protest, but have a proactive stance. We need to move from a protest mentality to a proactive mentality.
The proactive stance was influenced by, among other things, Jeet Kune Do. A martial art form that Bruce Lee helped create, it led to the song No Way As The Way. The disciplines foundation is having no limitation as limitation, to take what is useful and discard what is not useful. It presented an approach contrary to what Stic and M-1 had experienced in various religions and social dogmas, ones that tended to be more rigid than fluid.
If I had been in a box, I couldnt have understood the different schools of thought Ive been exposed to, Stic says. In the song, I wanted to show what I appreciated in each group, the same way that with Bruce Lee we learned to appreciate elements of Western boxing. We appreciated different Martial Arts because were not stuck in that rigid style of rules where its got to be one way.
This perspective allowed dead prez to look forward to the future they desired, for the world for themselves and their families, as evidenced on Learning Growing Changing, Time Travel and Take Me To The Future. We have to be able to imagine where we want to go, Stic says. People want revolution, change, hope. But then you ask them to define it and its all over the place. Were back at war. Take Me To The Future was about visualizing what you want. If you can see it, we can get there. Lets envision a future thats better for the human race, for the planet.
Since its groundbreaking debut album, 2000s Lets Get Free, dead prez has used music as a platform to rail against societal injustice. Individually and collectively, Stic and M-1 have been involved in political and community activism, pushing for equal education for all people, teaching the merits of eating healthily and illustrating changes needed in American society and throughout the world.
The group branded and viewed themselves as revolutionary. But unlike others with the label, dead prez seek change for the better in themselves, the status quo and those who challenge the status quo. Even though music was moving away from dead prezs brand of edutainment at the turn of the century, Stic and

Discography

Studio albums
2000: Let's Get Free
2004: Revolutionary But Gangsta
2012: Information Age

Mixtapes
2002: Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 1
2003: Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 2: Get Free or Die Tryin'
2009: Pulse of the People: Turn off the Radio Vol. 3 (With DJ Green Lantern)
2010: Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz (With DJ Drama)