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Headliners: Dead Prez and DJ Drama
Mixtape: Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz
Essential Info: The red, black and green forever! M-1 and Stic.Man of Dead Prez are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their classic debut, Let’s Get Free, with a new mixtape in conjunction with DJ Drama. The street CD — which came out Tuesday (June 22) — also gives a nod to another classic of theirs, 2004’s Revolutionary but Gangsta.
“The Dead Prez tape is called Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz,” Drama said Saturday in Atlanta, backstage at Birthday Bash 15. “I jumped on it. I remember when Dead Prez first came out. I did an interview with them, [during the] old ’Soul in the Hole,’ Loud Records day. It’s a way for me to get in and do projects that people might not expect, but it’s still quality music. I take my brand where I want to. Dead Prez is definitely deserving of a Gangsta Grillz. It’s a good balance.
“The guys go in on a lot of records,” Drama added. “The hits as well as some obscure joints. They had to go in on ’Over.’ Drake borrowed the style; they took it right back. They did their thing. They went in on Gucci’s ’Wasted.’ You’ll be surprised about that. They went in on a couple of instrumentals. It’s some heat on there, man.”
Of course, the Drake track Dram refers to is the song “Far From Ova,” which is already on the Net. Last month, for Mother’s Day, Prez also released “The Beauty Within,” which uses the beat and reworks the hook from B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You.”
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