For its latest collection, cult-favorite label Supreme has teamed up with hip-hop duo dead prez. Featuring rappers M-1 and stic.man, the music duo attended the HBCU Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1990, and later moved to New York to further their career. Throughout the years, the two have focused on socio-political ideology as well as community-building messages, and have been working towards making music a bigger platform for activism.
In 2000, dead prez released their debut album Let’s Get Free and gained international attention through their lyrics covering everything from racism and inequality to police injustice and corporate manipulation. The album is to this day regarded as one of the most radical albums in rap history, and have made an impact on the industry as a whole. “When you talk about growing, expanding and awakening, it allows you to open up like a lotus to all the things that are here in the world,” said M-1.
The collection with Supreme features artwork from Let’s Get Free as well as Revolutionary But Gangsta, across pieces like quilted workwear jackets, hoodies, sweatpants and T-shirts, as well as accessories like five-panel caps and bandanas.
If you’re looking to get your hands on the Supreme x dead prez Fall 2019 collection, the range will be available at Supreme’s New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Paris stores starting on December 5, as well as online. As usual, the collaboration will drop in Japan two days later, on December 7.
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Supreme®/dead prez. 12/05/2019 dead prez is an international hip-hop duo based in the US. Members M-1 and stic met in 1990 while M1 was attending Florida A&M University, an HBCU in Tallahassee, and stic was a local born and raised in the area. There, the pair discovered a shared sociopolitical ideology and commitment to community building. Following M-1’s work with the pan-African Uhuru Movement in Chicago, and stic’s work with Uhuru in Florida, the duo relocated to New York City to focus on developing music as a profession and platform for activism. They were discovered by Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar in 1995 and signed to Loud Records the following year. Let’s Get Free – dead prez’s debut album – was released in 2000 to universal acclaim. Wide-ranging yet sharply-focused, the record offers empowering themes echoing critical revelations of racism, systemic economic inequality, the school-to-prison pipeline, corporate media manipulation, healthy lifestyles, police injustice, the surveillance state, music industry exploitation and capitalist culture over a pastiche of potent basslines. Let’s Get Free is a revolutionary album that is still considered one of the most radical in rap history. dead prez continues its work in community empowerment by advocating for holistic living, health and fitness, meditation and mindfulness, sustainability, entrepreneurship and the values of family and social service. “When you talk about growing, expanding and awakening, it allows you to open up like a lotus to all the things that are here in the world,” says M-1. This Fall, Supreme will release a collection featuring original album artwork from Let’s Get Free and its 2004 follow up RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta. The collection consists of a Quilted Work Jacket, Embroidered Hooded Sweatshirt, Embroidered Sweatpant, two T-Shirts, 5-Panel Hat and Bandana. Available in Supreme stores and online December 5. Available in Japan stores and online December 7.