Mutulu “M1” Olugbala – dead prez

M1 is one half of the dead prez i pair of underground alternative rappers. They have become known largely for their hard-hitting style and politically active lyrics focusing on the inadequacies of the public education system, minority entrepreneurship, social revolution and corporate control over the media, especially hip-hop record labels. dead prez made their stance clear on their first album, declaring on the lead song, “I’m A African” that the group is “somewhere between N.W.A. and P.E.“.

The duo met while they were students at Tallahassee attending FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University). They connected due to their mutual respect for music and knowledge. They were both inspired by the Black Panther party as a whole. The vegetarian duo built a fan base thanks to their over-the-top performances such as tossing apple’s into the audiences, declaring they must eat healthy.

Their debut album Let’s Get Free, featured a major hits including the song “Bigger Than Hip Hop“. The instrumental version of their song “Hip Hop” was used as Dave Chappelle’s entrance music for his show on Comedy Central, and can be heard on every episode. They were featured performers on the film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. The popular video game SKATE also features the song “Hip Hop” in their sound track. Their song “Hell Yeah” was featured in the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack. It also resulted in Jay-z jumping on the remix for the song.

M1 released a solo album titled ‘Confidential’. From the album the song ‘Til We Get There’ a collaboration with K’naan was on the EA sports video game NBA Live.

Last year Dead Prez released a mixtape entitled “Pulse of the People: Turn Off Your Radio Vol. 3” . The mixtape was hosted by DJ Green Lantern. This year they released a mixtape with DJ Drama entitled Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz. The project initially and temporarily was released for free on their website, and they announced this release was their ten year commemoration of their most well known and commercially successful album Let’s Get Free.

  • 2000: Let’s Get Free
  • 2002: Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 1
  • 2003: Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 2: Get Free or Die Tryin’
  • 2004: Revolutionary But Gangsta
  • 2008: Live in San Francisco
  • 2009: Pulse of the People: Turn off the Radio Vol. 3 (with DJ Green Lantern)
  • 2010: Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz