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Posted by: Dave on April 10, 2006 at 2:37 pm

As Dead Prez, the duo of M1 & Stic militantly champion their black liberation movement cause with uncompromising, revolutionary-but-gangsta anthems. On their empowering albums, they rhyme on the majority of the verses and choruses and rely on far fewer collaborations than most of their hip hop contemporaries. M1’s solo debut Confidential is a different story. The politics are still quite prevalent and M1 delivers plenty of educated and incendiary propaganda, but the rhymes are frequently missing Dead Prez’s killer one-two punch. Too often he passes the mic to MCs who can’t match his blend of brains and fire (Ghostface Killah, Styles Picon and his Dead Prez partner Stic are the exceptions on “Been Through,” “Comrade’s Call” and “Early” respectively). Plus, the scattered use of radio-friendly, redundant r&b hooks also dilutes the strength of the mission. On the bright side, the production is quality, despite its mainstream vibe. With nearly as many hard and ominous bangers as smooth, head-nodding grooves, it’s a balanced attack that hits all target audiences. Confidential is stronger and has more to say than the average hip hop album of today. This solo project just lacks the fury of Dead Prez.
Heavy Rotation tracks:Comrade’s Callicon” (featuring Styles P & Bazaar Royale)
Medium Rotation tracks:5 Elementsicon“; “For Youicon” (featuring Scrap Daddy); “Earlyicon” (featuring Stic of Dead Prez); “Been Throughicon” (featuring Ghostface)
Grade: B

(As posted 4/10/06 on davepowersmusic.com)
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