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  1. Dead Prez An examination of the lyrics of one of the most controversial hip hop duos of all time

  2. Biography • The rap duo Dead Prez is made up of two MCs: M-1 and • They met at Florida A&M, where M-1 introduced to the Black Pride philosophies of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers • Any record of there real names seem to have been lost in time

  3. Career Highlights • They released their debut album, Let’s Get Free, which featured their signature hit “Hip Hop”, in 2000 • They recorded the official follow up in 2004, entitled Revolutionary But Gangsta • In 2006, Starz InBlack aired an hour long documentary about the duo called Dead Prez: It’s Bigger than Hip Hop • Recently, they released a free mixtape online to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of Let’s Get Free

  4. Propaganda Lyrics • I don't want no computer chip in my arm I don't wanna die by a nuclear bomb I say we all rush the pentagon, pull out guns And grab the intercom, my first word's will be I believe Man made god, outta ignorance and fear If God made man, then why the hell would he put us here? I thought he's supposed to be the all loving The same God who let hitler put the jews in the oven We don't fall for the regular shit, they try to feed us All this half-ass leadership, flippin position They turn politcian and shut the hell up and follow tradition For your tv screen, is telling lies to your vision Every channel got some brainwashed cop shit to watch Running up in niggas cribs claiming that they heard shots It's a plot, but busta can you tell me who's greedier? Big corporations, the pigs or the media? Sign of the times, terrorism on the rise Commercial airplanes, falling out the sky like flies Make me wonder what secrets went down with bob brown (? ) Who burnt churches to the ground with no evidence found? It's not coincidence, it's been too many studied incidents It coulda been the klan who put that bomb at the olympicsBut it probably was the fbi, deep at the call 'cause if they make us all panic then they can start martial law

  5. 1996 Summer Olympics • During the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, a bomb was detonated in the Centennial Olympic Park • Two were killed and 111 more were injured • After a long process, Eric Robert Randolph was arrested for the bombing and four others • Archery, track and cycling competitions were held at Stone Mountain, which had previously served as a meeting place for the Klan

  6. Police State • The average Black maleLive a third of his life in a jail cellCause the world is controlled by the white maleAnd the people don't never get justiceAnd the women don't never get respectedAnd the problems don't never get solvedAnd the jobs don't never pay enoughSo the rent always be late; can you relate?We livin in a police state

  7. Supported by facts • “In the 1950s, when segregation was still legal, African-Americans comprised 30 percent of the prison population. Sixty years later, African-Americans and Latinos make up 70 percent of the incarcerated population, and that population has skyrocketed. The disparities are greatest where race and class intersect—nearly 60 percent of all young black men born between 1965 and 1969 who dropped out of high school went to prison at least once on a felony conviction before they turned thirty-five. And the incarceration rate for this group—black male high school dropouts—is nearly fifty times the national average”

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