Album review

DPZ - Turn Off The Radio

A stridently combative duo formerly known as Dead Prez, M-1 and stic.man apply gangsta-style aggression to an anti-capitalist agenda that circumnavigates Chuck D and heads straight back to the Black Panthers and Mao. No liberal platitudes on Turn Off The Radio—DPZ preach a rifle, library book and health food-powered insurrection over prickly, minimalist electro-soul. Vilifying the fool Bush as a bigger enemy than Osama is one of their milder edicts. But the best moment comes with a rare glimmer of wit when Aaliyah's "We Need A Resolution" is hijacked and restyled as—what else?—"We Need A Revolution".

Rating: 3 / 10


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