Known for talking about the tough issues when other ‘hip hop’ artists are just showing money and selling out, these guys represent in a way no else dares to: Dead Prez.
Dead Prez has for a long time been my favorite for the simple reason a lot of their lyrics I respond to with: “Yup, I could not have said it better.” and “Yeah! That’s right!!” and if asked: “Who would you want to meet in the world of hip hop?” I would say that I would want to meet Stick-man and M1. When I’m angry at this world for being so goddamn unfair, no one has been able to reach my heart-song like DEAD PREZ. They might not be *spectacular* but in the TRUTH department, few can come close.
Check: I been working all my life and…. (this video samples Pacino throwing apron)
Tonight, I got to meet them… In my current neighborhood. I was able to share some conversation with these guys, and they heard me. They GOT me, just like I GET them.
It was like having dinner in the general’s tent, followed by a walk to an empty school that is going to be turned into a community center. The young kid M1 is with is named Bryn King – I saw him at the show and he wanted me to mention his name. Bryn King is an aspiring poet.
“They schools ain’t teaching us what we need to learn to survive.”They Schools.
Months ago, with wine and laptop, I saw as many videos of theirs as I felt like and listened to a series of tracks. I encourage the same. Then close up your block to the POLICE. Stay hard. You see, it’s not about who is or is not black, and songs of this nature are not to be taken to heart literally. It is the inevitable result of too much of the same old bullshit for too long.
I leave you with their shocking classic: Hell Yeah.by