Comprised of stic.man and M1, dead prez carry the torch first lit by socially conscious groups like Public Enemy and X-Clan, espousing political awareness and active resistance in their lyrics. Years after their first meeting on the Florida A&M campus in the early 1990s, the two decided to form a rap duo and relocate to New York. A meeting with Lord Jamar led to a deal with Loud Records and their debut--2000’s LET’S GET FREE. With elevated lyricism that highlighted a self-reliant Afrocentric philosophy and took aim at the state, LET’S GET FREE established dead prez as the premier revolutionary rap group of their generation. After two successful mixtapes, their sophomore effort, RBG (REVOLUTIONARY BUT GANGSTA), was released in 2004.