byline by West Brown
interview by Ifè Oshun
Since their 2000 debut Let's Get Free, dead prez has been synonymous with outspoken views with the duo of stic.man and M-1 railing against governmental anti-Americanism, racism, and a whole host of social and political ills.
Established in 1995, the Outlawz made a name for
themselves as the rowdy assemblage started by the legendary Tupac
Shakur, a collective where the majority of members were nicknamed after
infamous dictators and public enemy No. 1's such as Fidel Castro, Idi
Amin and Lybian leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.
The recent merging of these two hip-hop entities has resulted, so far, in two albums, Can't Sell Dope Forever, released in July 2006 and the upcoming Soldier 2 Soldier, due October 3. Given the group's backgrounds, specifically Tupac's familial Black Panther ties, it was just a matter of time before the groups worked together.
stic.man says it's a match made in heaven.
"It's a blessing and honor to work the the Outlawz," he told HRS editor-in-chief Ife Oshun. "We been fans of them ever since we heard them with Pac."
We spoke to Outlawz member Young Noble (real name Rufus Cooper III) (hear) and stic.man (hear) about their collaboration, what we can expect from them in the near future, and most importantly, the heavy ideas behind their lyrics.
HiphopRnbSoul.com: How did you come up with the title of Can't Sell Dope Forever?
stic.man: "When we say 'can't sell dope forever' we're
talking to the system and we're talking to the industry selling us
bullshit... they got us doped up on ignorance out here. What they let
come through on the radio and the tv and we're saying you can't sell
that dope to us forever... Cuz you got a lot of shit out here that's
promoting to these young 13 and 14 year old dudes and sistas that you
can be a drug dealer and make a million dollars and live like a Bush or
HRS: They're talking about the polarization of the United States... you have the 'reds' here the 'blues' here. You have people saying 'we're not happy with our government what are we going to do?' One side says 'we should... become expatriates, another side says 'no we should stand here and become revolutionaries.' What do you think?
Young Noble: You can't hold the government responsible, who's gonna hold them responsible? They're running the motherfucker... We gotta step up and do this shit on our own. stic.man: Whoever said we going to go somewhere else and be free don't recognize America's pimping this whole motherfucking planet. And guess what, everybody is living in the USA... because the US military is everybody's police. It's not polarized between the red and the blue unless you're talking about crips and the bloods, because the Republicans and the Democrats... that ain't representing us at all. That's crack versus cocaine. Or that's Pepsi vs Coca Cola. Listen...
HRS: What can we expect from dead prez and Outlawz in the future?
Young Noble: "As far as working together this movement ain't never going to stop. The chemistry is there. Those are our brothers. We got the common goal, the common message and it's a beautiful thing." Listen...
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