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  • 14Jul

    BHF Alumni: Dead Prez – A Decade In The Making

    For many folks, it’s been a minute since we’ve heard much from one of the most controversial and underrated groups in the past decade: Stic.Man and M-1 of Dead Prez. Ten years ago, the DP’s released what is considered by many a classic debut, 2000s Let’s Get Free.

    But let’s not get it twisted, because it’s been an eventful decade for Dead Prez, who performed at the 2009 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. From working with artists like Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Dave Chappelle, Kanye West, DJ Green Lantern, K’Naan and The Outlawz, to being part of the major motion picture Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, to touring globally, releasing solo albums and creating their own multi-media company with Boss Up Inc., the duo has done a hell of a job staying relevant while continuing to be the voice of the struggle for the underprivileged around the globe.

    Now, ten years on in the game with two albums and a truckload of independent mixtapes under their belt, Dead Prez released the newest installment in their mixtape series: Turn Off The Radio Vol. 4…Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz in partnership with the mixtape king himself, DJ Drama. The mixtape was released on deadprez.com for free on June 22 of this year to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the release of Let’s Get Free. It’s also the follow-up to the 2009 installment, Vol. 3: Pulse of the People.

    In a statement from a press release on their website, Stic.man stated that the group “wanted to just capture that love for hip hop. To give the people something for the summer that we could let folks know we still here, we doing well and we still growing,” says Stic. “The hunger is there, the creativity is there, the flows are there, and the message is there. This is one of my favorite albums in the Turn off the Radio… Series.”

    In continuation of the Turn Off The Radio… Series, Dead Prez continues to take on the music industry and pair revolutionary lyrics of love for community and self-awareness and pair them with some of the most popular beats from today’s most popular artists, including “Over” by Drake and “Nothin On You” by B.o.B. Fans of Dead Prez can expect to get lots of food for thought and anthems about being true to oneself and overcoming struggle from this latest offering.

    DP will also be bringing their extensive catalog to the stage for upcoming live shows in Atlanta, GA on August 7 at the Dr. Mutulu Shakur Fundraiser and in London at the HMV Kentish Town Forum on August 30. Fans can download Turn Off The Radio Vol. 4…Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz for free right now at http://www.deadprez.com/index.html. The group can also be found online on MySpace as well as on their very own one stop shop online shop, bossupbu.com.

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