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Pulse Of The People

June 23, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Label: Boss Up / Invasion Music Group
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 Boss Up / Invasion Music Group
  • Total Length: 47:06
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002A6CHNK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,442 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cecil L. Morton on September 12, 2009
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you can't go wrong with the knowledge you'll recieve from this album and any of their other albums. don't just listen - learn!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Enlightened on August 26, 2009
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Dead Prez are the last of a dying breed in hip hop and for those that don't know they have been putting down politically charged records since their classic debut album Let's Get Free almost a decade ago. Most receently you could hear Stic.Man's production on Nas' Untitled record where he also helped write some songs and choruses. You could tell that album had a Dead Prez feel to it couldn't you???

For comparisons sake (because that's what we do in America...rate and compare things) Dead Prez is most akin to early Ice Cube and Public Enemy (Chuck D ironically appears on this album). They rap with passion and skill looking to enlighten and inspire posiivity and truth. Even though I can accept the message they do tend to come off a little preachy at times but like I said before M-1 and Stic.Man are highly skilled. The production is fitting on most tracks perfectly complimenting the themes and rarely overbearing and drowning out Dead Prez. The songs that I believe deserve the most attention would be the breezy Summertime (the single off the album, NYPD, Running Wild, Life Goes On, Gangster Gangster, and Stimulus Plan. The guests appearances from excellent artists such as Chuck D, Avery Storm, and Bun B surprisingly come off as an afterthought...and rightly so...Dead Prez needs no help whatsoever lyrically on this album.

Overall, this is a very good cd from Dead Prez. Although not mindblowing like Let's Get Free was, it's still a return to form for the group. You should know that this is borderline riot/revolution music as well and is strikingly different from anything you would hear on mainstream radio. This is not safe music. What it is though is one of the best albums of the year that you should definitely check out if you're a hip hop fan. Wake Up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ExtirpatEcocide on May 10, 2013
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Whats more to be said? just listen
Revolutionary propaganda intended to raise warriors,
DP bring it once again with another classic album
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2013
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I'm sick of idiots complaining about petty stuff about this album. This is the reason why this type of revolutionary rap music doesn't get support because of idiots like the bozo's who rated this album less than 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Devin Turner on October 9, 2009
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This LP has not only great music but amazing subject matter. This is what Hip Hop was meant to be. So many of us miss the hey day of PE. This LP comes close to that feeling. What I love about these guys they are so in your face with the subject matter.
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Dead Prez are political rap's golden boys. They first made it on the underground rap scene's radar with their 2000 album "Let's Get Free," a manifesto attacking the public school system and materialism and advocating self-discipline and veganism, and they've still got the fire that made that a classic. Their latest is called "Pulse of the People," and while the uninitiated may find it a little, um, goody goody, fans will find it as a continuation of Dead Prez's stirring political movement.

On the first listen, some beats and choruses reveal the mainstream concessions DP has made since Let's Get Free. There are no light strings or flutes backing M1 and stic.man here, just heavy, even industrial-sounding base and electric guitars. And the choruses are increasingly simplistic and chanted ("Though things are getting tougher every day/When there's a hustle there's a way). If you can roll with that, you'll enjoy what they're doing on the verses. Same flow, same conscientiousness, same Dead Prez.

A breakdown of some highlights:

Summer Time is a Happiness type single, where our narrators take us through a beautiful summer day in the lives of the urban working class. It's all it should be: upbeat, catchy, and light.
Helpful is one of POTP's best songs, but it suffers from the pontifical leanings of the group. Where songs like Be Healthy and, of course, Hip Hop, hammered points home with a clever and catchy delivery, a lot of that is lost now, given background importance to make room for more self help advice. Even as a fan of Dead Prez's ideas, this pattern of KRS-One type moralizing can get me resentful.

$timulus Plan is political awareness done right. It feels good to hear a rap song about the economy by people who actually have some idea of what's going on.
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