Dead Prez's M1 Talks Revolutionary Culture as a Way of Life

Revolutionary hip-hop is alive in Miami.

This Saturday night, Dead Prez's M1 and Thirstin Howl, Mecca AKA Grimo, P-Doe, FLO, Maybach Latino, Haiti Blues, Tom Larock, and PP Armstrong are gonna take over Moksha in Little Haiti to celebrate Black History Month, and fight for a better future for humanity.

We caught up with M1 and talked about the real enemy, fighting globally, and why music matters. Here's what he had to say.

What's your biggest complaint about the system as it stands?

I don't complain. More than to complain is to I'm doin' what Dead Prez does best...revolutionary culture. I fight the system, and organize in the communities to bring power to the hands of my people who are powerless. The People's Army, Dead Prez, RBG, is doing something about the problem.

What is revolutionary culture?

Revoltuionary Culture is different than hip hop, or rap, or even music in general that comes from the psyche of black people. Everyone in the world moves to rhythm, but what we've been able to do is identify the rhythmic movements and sounds that encompass the music we identify with as war chants, and war cries, and the reason why is this music can speak to the critical situation that people are in around the world.

What do you think about popular rap?

Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, there's music that matters more than the music they're making.

Who is the enemy?

We are resisting one and the same enemy on different fronts, which is imperialism as it stands as one united global government continuing a domination of the world by the rich and influential instead of the people who work.

Where are you fighting?

My fights locally are mirrored by the struggles around the world in Palestine, Cairo, Tripoli, which is Libya, and the Pork N Beans projects. I went to all those places this year.

What do you think about Occupy Miami?

Occupy Miami is part and parcel to the whole goals and objectives.

Any shout outs?

I'm working on many project out here. I moved to Miami about 3 years ago. Mecca is one of the Haitian artists in this community I've had the pleasure to work with, Miami Beatwave,
Hazardis Sounds, NORE, !MAYDAY!, I'm on their new album coming out on Strange Music, and Buggah Da Govanah. Buggah has been one of the people who has introduced me to the scene in Miami, from the Marleys, to being a close friend to Wyclef, Buggah is very important in the music scene in Miami, and I'm glad to see he's doing his music, and I cant wait to hear his new project.

Dead Prez's M-1 as part of the RBG Black History Fete with Thirstin Howl, Mecca AKA Grimo, P-Doe, FLO, Maybach Latino, Haiti Blues, and others. Saturday, February 18. Moksha, 228 NE 59th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $15 plus fees via

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Jacob Katel
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