Left Rap

By Gonick, Cy | Canadian Dimension, March 2001 | Go to article overview

Left Rap


Gonick, Cy, Canadian Dimension


Let's Get Free Dead Prez dist. Sony records

I don't usually like rap or hip hop. I find most of it too loud, incomprehensible or just sophomoric and rarely possessing anything of musical value. But Dead Prez's Let's Get Free is different. It's angry for sure, but it's powerful, poetic, moving and musically interesting. Made up of two young Afro-Americans who call themselves Stic and M1, they remind me some of Gill (The Revolution Will Not Be Televised) Scott-Heron, but they're far better musicians.

The politics of Dead Prez is anti-capitalist but also black power as may be gleaned from their song titles like "Wolves", in which they link up with aboriginal peoples: "white people have a house; why can't we have a house ... imperialism is the enemy"; "'They' Schools:" the same people who control the school system control the police system and the whole social system."

Here's some of what they say in the jacket notes: "We are prisoners, in and outside of cell walls. …

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