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dead prez, Information Age

It’s been eight years since dead prez delivered their last studio album, the still-celebrated RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta. During that span, there has been inevitable evolution from the duo from personal and musical standpoints, just as the circumstances about which they rhyme haven’t remained identical. Even so, their new album, Information Age, carries on a blueprint first laid by the MCs over a decade ago.

Information Age again channels much of what the two have made their forte, weaving soothing melodies into committed and commanding lyricism. M-1 and stic.man balance assertiveness with intellectual exploration, finding a way to not come across as though they have the answers, but rather that they themselves remain on the search. This delicate approach affords songs and their messages the opportunity to endure, rather than aggressively pushing an agenda.

The album is brief—just 12 tracks and 42 minutes long, and between skits and musical interludes, there’s even less time than that spent on rapping. Even so, the two typically hit their mark, like with “What If The Lights Go Out,” “No Way As The Way,” and “Learning, Growing, Changing,” on which stic, in a brief summation of the explorations of the album, posits, “Nobody knows everything, but everybody knows something.”

In concert with the suggestion of the title, the album places a focus on knowledge and the pursuit of it, while also attempting to grapple with the evolution of technology and its effects. Lyrically, the veteran wordsmiths more or less stick within the larger context of this theme, though sometimes, like on “Time Travel,” there’s something left to be desired. Sonically, too, it seems they have considered the ramifications of technological development, as the production here is more electronically-based and widely influenced than in the past.

Touching on concepts ranging from religion to capitalism to liberty, dead prez again prove that they’re some of hip-hop’s most thorough thinkers. Although this won’t go down as the crown jewel of their catalog, Information Age assures that for dead prez, their chemistry and spirits are as apparent as ever, and their presence in hip-hop is welcomed. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

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  • http://BeatProduction.net/ Beat Production

    Gonna check this out. Don’t let me down DP!

  • Unknown

    How is that MGK got the exact same ratings but his album got an XL and these guys got L? XXLMAG is wack as ****

  • 1Nation1Groove

    i wanna know why they credit Revolutionary Buy Gangsta as their first studio album when it was “Lets Get Free”

    • Kal-EL

      You gotta read homie, RBG is credited as their “last studio album” not “first studio album”

  • ZeeDubb

    this album is techno garbage!

  • Very Reasonable Citizen

    DAFUQ!? This album was weaker than clock radio speakers. I’m a big DP fan, and this did NOT live up to the hype! I was waiting for this FOREVER.

  • oxl

    the best hip hop record so far this year!

  • Abrasive Angel

    It took a while to grow on me because I didn’t like some of the beats because they kinda sounded like the same techno mess but after listening to the lyrics and noticing an evolved mindset and not the same ole same ole which is not a bad thing but with time people change and it’s good to have one of my favorite groups change with the times and overstand that there needs to be growth so despite the beats I love the lyrical content and hopefully they will give us a remix album of Information Age with better beats but I will still bump it in the ride.

  • dead prez

    Album speaks for itself. (d.p.4 life.) Fuck all this gay ass rapper.