STiC.MAN of Dead Prez Interview

Your classic album “Let’s Get Free” came out in 2000. How has the group grown, changed, evolved, etc…in the last decade musically and in your philosophies? STIC: WE MORE IN CONTROL YET MORE HUMBLE WE INDEPENDENT NO MAJOR LABEL PLANTATION TO BLAME OR TO RELY ON OUR CAREER IS IN OUR OWN HANDS ITS GUNNA BE WHAT WE MAKE IT AND ULTIMATELY WHAT THE PEOPLE ALLOW IT TO BE. WE FATHERS NOW AND ARE STRIVING TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE IN OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS WE BUSINESS OWNERS WE HAVE ON THE JOB TRAINING IN THE GAME NOW AND WE HAVE A STRONGER TEAM THAN WE’VE HAD IN A LONG TIME I DEFINITELY FEEL I’M MORE SPIRITUALLY AWARE OF MY PURPOSE, THRU THIS MUSIC AND AS A MAN I STOPPED DRINKING AND SMOKING FOR OVER A YEAR NOW. I AM HAPPIER BUT STILL VERY HUNGRY TO BE AT MY BEST AT ALL TIMES. SHIT IS MORE URGENT. IT’S A NEW DAY FOR DEAD PREZ IN SO MANY WAYS…IM EXCITED BOUT OUR NEW MATERIAL AND EXPECT NOTHING BUT STRUGGLE AND SUCCESS FOR OUR FUTURE.

Do you and M-1 ever take time apart & work on separate issues and struggles individually? STIC: YEP. WE LIVE IN TWO DIFFERENT CITIES. IM IN THE ‘ATL’ AND M-1 IS IN BETWEEN MIAMI AND HOUSTON A LOT. I AM AN AUTHOR AND CEO OF BOSS UP INC AND HAVE 9 YEAR OLD SON AND BEEN MARRIED FOR 17 YEARS. M1 HAS TWO DAUGHTERS AND IS TRAVELLING A LOT SPEAKING AND WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH PROGRESSIVE PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE. WE HAVE MANY THINGS IN COMMON BUT WE ARE DIFFERENT IN MANY WAYS AS WELL. IM INTO THE MARTIAL ARTS AND WORKING OUT, BOXING,, EGYPTOLOGY(KMTOLOGY), HOLISTIC HEALTH, PRODUCING MUSIC AND CONSTANTLY READING AND RESEARCHING. SPENDING MOST OF MY TIME “OFF THE GRID” OF THE INDUSTRY LIFESTYLE. BEHIND THE SCENES FOR DEAD PREZ I WRITE VIDEO TREATMENTS, COME UP WITH MARKETING THEMES AND CAMPAIGNS AND HANDLE A LOT OF OUR STRATEGIC APPROACHES TO THE GAME. M1 IS VERY OUTGOING, WHAT I WOULD CALL A PEOPLE’S PERSON. HE IS TONS OF FUN AND VERY KNOWLEDABLE AND WELL TRAVELLED. HE IS USUALLY OUR POINT OF CONTACT WITH OTHER ARTISTS AND RESOURCES IN THE GAME. HE IS A CONNECTOR. HE IS INTO FASHION AND HE IS ALSO AN AVID READER. M1 IS ALSO AN ASPIRING ACTOR.HE’S WHO I CONSIDER THE HEART OF DEAD PREZ WHERE I MAY BE THE SPIRIT. AND VISE VERSA AT TIMES. WE HAVE LEARNED HOW TO ARGUE PRODUCTIVELY, TO FORGIVE EACH OTHER, TO RAISE THE BAR WITH EACH OTHER, TO CHALLENGE EACH OTHER AND TO MAINTAIN UNCONDITIONAL BUT PRINCIPLED COMRADE LOVE FOR EACH OTHER…CAUSE WITHOUT THAT..THERE WOULD NOT BE NO DEAD PREZ.

You perform often in Cali, you’ve done songs with Oakland’s “The Coup” and worked with 2Pac’s group “The Outlawz.” How do you guys see the Revolutionary Hip-Hop scene on the West Coast? STIC: CALIFORNIA IS THE BIRTH PLACE OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY SO CALI JUST GOT IT IN HER TO REPRESENT A CERTAIN WAY. IT NEED TO BE MORE RIDERS STEP UP NO MATTER WHERE WE FROM THO CAUSE WE ONE PEOPLE AND THE STRUGGLE IS UNIVERSAL.

Who else have you worked with from Cali/West Coast? What West Coast artists do you enjoy listening to? STIC: MAN: SO MANY YEARS I CANT EVEN REMEMBER EM ALL…BUT WE WORKED WITH MESSY MARV, PAC (A.D.), OUTLAWZ, THE COUP, MARTIN LUTHER, TOO SHORT, LAY LAW, PARIS, SEASUNZ,…IM HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY THE WEST COAST CAUSE OF THE GANGSTA MUSIC THATS WHAT I GREW UP DIGGIN, AND THE OLD SCHOOL P FUNK, THE SHUGGIE OTIS’S, WATTS PROPHETS, SHIT LIKE THAT. I LIKE MUSIC THAT HAS HEART AND CALI GOT A LOTTA HEART..I LIKE THE MUSICALITY-DIG THAT??MUSI-CALITY THAT CALIFORNIA ARTISTS COME WITH…SOMETHING BOUT THAT CHRONIC IN THE AIR AND THE GANG CULTURE AND THE DREAM OF HOLLYWOOD AND THE BEACHES AND MOUNTAINS THAT JUST ADD UP TO A COLORFUL VIBRATION THAT I ALWAYS BEEN ATTRACTED TO. I ALWAYS DUG KAM…I FUX WITH THE GAME…I LIKE HIS SHIT A LOT, AND I LIKE NIPSEY HUSTLE TOO. SNOOP AND 213, AND EASTSIDAZ AND ICE CUBE, DR. DRE & SPICE 1 AND SO MANY OF THE WEST COAST KINGS ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITES OF ALL TIME.

Immigration is a big issue on this side. Arizona just passed their ridiculous immigration bill, racial profiling & police harassment & abuse of Latinos is out of control. Have you guys been involved in work on this issue? STIC: I WANT TO BE OF SERVICE BUT I HAVE YET TO BE DIRECTLY INVOLVED OTHER THAN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT THAT STOLE THE BROWN MAN’S LAND IN THE  FIRST PLACE. LIKE WHOSE THE REAL ILLEGAL ALIEN…THESE RULING CLASS CRACKERS AINT INDIGENOUS TO THIS LAND… WE ARE. THE BLACKA ND BROWN AND RED ARE THE INDIGENOUS ONES. WE GONNA HAVE TO MAKE THE OPPRESSOR RESPECT WHATS REALLY REAL.

Guru from Gang Starr recently passed away unfortunately. How much influence did Gang Starr have on you? Did you ever get a chance to work with him? How big was Guru & Gang Starr’s influence on Revolutionary Hip-Hop in general? STIC: REST IN POWER TO THE GOD…GIFTED UNLIMITED RHYMES UNVERSAL MC. 1ST VIDEO OF GANGSTARR I SAW GURU AS”MALCOLM” AND WAS BLOW AWAY. I MANIFEST WAS THE JOINT. HE HELPED INFLUENCE MY STYLE BECAUSE HE WAS COMING FROM THE STREET LEVEL BUT WITH CONSCIOUS LYRICS AND HARD MUSICAL BEATS. AS A WRITER GURU DEFINITELY MASTERED HIS OWN STYLE. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE ROCK THE SAME BILL WITH GURU AND WAS HONORED. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. BEING THAT HE PASSED AWAY FROM CANCER ITS A WAKE UP CALL TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO HIP HOP TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. TO RESIST THIS “STANDARD AMERICAN DIET AND LIFESTYLE” THAT IS KILLING US DAILY.

Dead Prez said in a song “even when Obama wins, Uncle Sam ain’t my friend.” How do you fight the “mainstream” perception that Hip-Hop is 100% behind Obama and that somehow we have less to fight for now that we have a black president? STIC: WE NEVER TOOK AN ANTI-OBAMA POSITION. WE HAVE AN ANTI GOVERNMENT, ANTI IMPERIALIST POSITION, WHO EVER IS IN THE POSITION IS JUST A FIGURE HEAD. OBAMA’S AGENDA AND POLICIES IN OFFICE WILL BE JUDGED BY THE EXPERIENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PEOPLE. BUT IT’S ALREADY APPARENT THAT THE US DOMINATION AGENDA OF THE WORLD IS STILL PRIMARY EVEN IF WITH A BIT MORE DIPLOMATIC SWAG.  THE BOMBING AND KILLING OF BROWN FOLKS, KATRINA VICTIMS STILL WITHOUT REPARATIONS, THE LAND GRAB IN NEW ORLEANS AND HAITI, MUMIA STILL BEHIND BARS, THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IS TERRIBLE U NAME IT. SO AS I SAID IN OUR SONG POLITRIKKKS “MARK MY WORD”…WE ARE OUR OWN LIBERATORS. I HOPE NOTHING BUT LIGHT AND LOVE FOR THE OBAMA FAMILY AS FELLOW BLACK PEOPLE BUT THE POLICIES THAT BARACK IS SUPPORTING AND PUSHING THAT ARE AGAINST OUR LIBERATION I WILL FIGHT 100% WITH THE PLATFORM I HAVE. PRISONS AND POLICE CONTAINMENT, MILITARY AGGRESSION ON BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE, CRIMINALIZATION OF HERBS, THE PERSECUTION OF THE INDIGENOUS FOLK THAT ARE WRONGLY CALLED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND SO ON AND SO ON. I DO UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK PEOPLE WANT TO SEE HIM RESPECTED FOR BEING IN CHARGE LIKE THE WHITE PRESIDENTS. I GET THAT. I SEE THAT AS PSYCHOLOGICALLY SOME FOLKS FEEL LIKE HE IS A SYMBOL OF BLACK ACHEIVEMENT. HE CERTAINLY HAS A LIKEABLE DEMEANOR. WE JUST HAVE TO STRIVE TO RAISE THE CONSCIOUSNESS SO WE AS A PEOPLE CAN SEE THE NEED FOR A REVOLUTIONARY ANALYSIS AS OPPOSED TO AN EMOTIONAL ONE. THE LIBERATION MOVEMENT LEADERSHIP HASNT DONE ITS JOB SUCCESSFULLY UNTIL THAT HAPPENS. BUT IT’S A BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE…EVERY DAY THERE’S A NEW EYE OPENER AS THIS SYSTEM CRUMBLES ALL AROUND US. AS MALCOLM SAYS…WHEN THE MASS’S HOUSE ON FIRE THE FEILD NEGROES WOULD PRAY FOR A BREEZE….I’M PRAYING FOR A BREEZE.

RHHR uses the quote “It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop” on the cover of all our issues. How & when did you come up with that concept for a song? STIC: I WAS IN BROOKLYN WORKING ON THE ASR-10 AND WANTED TO MAKE A SONG ABOUT THE RAP GAME AT THE TIME AND IT JUST CAME THROUGH ME. I KNEW I WANTED SOME TRUNK RATTLING BASS AND DRUMS AND NOT TOO MUCH ELSE. JUST BEAT BASS AND VOCALS. REAL RAW IN YO FACE SHIT LIKE I GREW UP ON IN THE SOUTH. I MADE THE BEAT AND THE HOOK AND PLAYED IT FOR M1 WHEN HE CAME IN THE STUDIO LATER. THEN HE WAS LIKE THIS SHIT HOT AND WROTE HIS CLASSIC VERSE. THAT HELPED ME SEE MORE OF WHAT I WANTED TO SAY AND HOW I WANTED TO RIDE THE BEAT. AFTER I LAYED MY VERSE IT WAS AS THEY SAY HISTORY. LOL. I NEVER SAW IT AS BEING SUCH A HUGE HIT FOR US. BOY WAS I WRONG. LOL. BUT NOW I KINDA LIKE IT.

When can we expect a new dead prez album? STIC: DEAD PREZ+ DJ DRAMA: REVOLUTIONARY BUT GANGSTA GRILLZ TURN OFF THE RADIO VOL.4, JUNE 10TH 2010, ITS GUNNA BE FOR THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE EVER DID A FREE ALBUM JUST TO GIVE BACK FOR ALL THE SUPPORT WE’VE GOTTEN ALL THESE YEARS. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWN LOAD AT HTTP://WWW.DEADPREZ.COM LOOK FOR THE VIDEO FOR “SOUL POWER” AND SOME OTHER TREATS TOO. AND OF COURSE OUR ORIGINAL STUDIO ALBUM INFORMATION AGE WILL SOON FOLLOW

Any parting words or thoughts for the RHHReaders in Modesto and the Central Valley? STIC: THANKS FOR ALL THE CALI LUV AND CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE STORE FOR DEAD PREZ EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE… WWW.BOSSUPBU.COM, THANK U FOR SHARING YOUR OUTLET. REAL RECOGNIZE REAL.



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