- Matthew A. Donahue
Rap duo consisting of M-1 (Mutulu Olugabala) and stic.man (Clayton Gavin). Their lyrical messages hark back to the explicit political messages of such late 1960s spoken-word artists as the Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, and the Watts Prophets, and to such rap artists as Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions.
M-1 and stic.man formed dead prez while attending Florida A&M University, after recognizing their shared affinity for politics and hip hop. After moving to New York, the group was discovered by Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar, signed to a recording contract with Loud Records, and released Let’s Get Free (Loud and Columbia, 2000). Their recordings have received worldwide critical acclaim for their social commentary, and the group has been celebrated for prioritizing politics over commercial success. Although they have often targeted the mainstream rap music industry, notably their mixtape series, Turn off the Radio (Full Clip, 2002), this has not prevented them from collaborating with rap icons such as Big Pun, the Outlawz, and Chuck D. In addition, their songs have been featured in television, movies, and video games. The group is also known for their high-spirited live performances....