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Dead Prez Biography


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Birth Place: (M1) Brooklyn, New York, (stic.man) Tallahassee, Florida
Years Active: 1996 - present
Genres: Political Hip Hop, Underground Hip Hop


Dead Prez are a hip-hop duo composed of stic.man and M-1. The duo formed in New York City in 1996 and is known for their confrontational lyrics that often focus on societal issues. M-1 and stic.man met in Florida during college in the early 90s and felt an instant connection over their musical interests and political affiliations. M-1 became interested in the Black Panther Party and joined the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement in Chicago for three years. When the duo reconnected to focus on music they were quickly signed to Loud Records. The duo built a fan base based on the strength of their live shows and the large crowds they attracted. The duo began to get offers to contribute songs on feature film soundtracks: “The Game of Life (Score)” on the 1997 soundtrack to the film “Soul in the Hole,” and “D.O.P.E. (Drugs Oppress People Everyday)” on the 1998 soundtrack to the film “Slam.”

2000 saw the duo's debut album, “Let’s Get Free” emerge, which spawned the hit single “Hip-Hop.” The album was well received by critics, and featured the prominent African-American activist Omali Yeshitela. In 2001 the duo collaborated with the politically active hip-hop outfit, The Coup, and released “Get Up.” A year later in 2002, Dead Prez contributed a track to the compilation album, “Red Hot + Riot,” which paid homage to Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. The album raised money for AIDS awareness and research. Dead Prez also released the mixtape, “Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 1,” followed up in 2003 by “Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 2: Get Free or Die Tryin.'” 2003 also saw the duo's song “Hell Yeah” featured in the “2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack.” In 2004, Columbia Records released to duo's fourth studio offering, “Revolutionary But Gangsta.”

2006 marked the collaboration with 2Pac collaborators and the Outlawz to release the albums, “Can't Sell Dope Forever” and “Soldier 2 Soldier.” M1 put out a solo album “Confidential” in 2006, with stic.man releasing his solo album, “Manhood” in 2007. M-1 went on to work with ProfessorD.us of The Dope Poet Society and contribute the track “Everything's Political” to the “Third World Warriors Vol. 1.” (2008). In 2008, Stic.Man collaborated with Marcel Cartier and contributed the track, “Changing Weather,” to the album “Revolutionary Minded 2.” 2009 saw Dead Prez release the mixtape, “Pulse of the People: Turn Off Your Radio Vol. 3.” featuring DJ Green Lantern. A remix of Bruno Mars' #1 single “Nothin' On You,” appeared in 2010, in addition to “Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz” with DJ Drama.