Politically-minded New York rap duo Dead Prez are set to release their first full-length album since 2004’s Revolutionary but Gangsta. The pair comprised of M-1 and Stic.man are set to drop a digital version of their third album, titled Information Age, on October 16th, with a physical version to follow on the 22nd.

Information Age will drop on indie imprint Krian Music.  In a recent statement the duo celebrated their new deal with the label; “We feel very positive about our joint venture with Krian. Prez has always prided ourselves on our independence and integrity and we were able to form a partnership with Krian that can appreciate what Dead Prez’ significance to the culture is and has the capabilities to help us reach bigger goals…team work makes the dream work!”

The last music we heard from the duo was a two-part mixtape series with DJ Green Lantern. More recently, Stic-man made the hip hop news when he was outed as an alleged ghostwriter on Nas’ Untitled – an allegation he responded to strongly, saying: “Nas is one of the if not the most prolific original lyricist to EVER do it. My contributions to his album was a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say…”

Of course, Dead Prez’ most famous contribution to the culture was their now ubiquitous indie-rap hit “Hip Hop,” the track which formed the basis for their moderate success with 2000’s album Let’s Get Free.

The lead track from their new album has just been made available to stream – listen to “A New Beginning” below and let us know what you think. Can Dead Prez re-announce themselves or will they be forever confined to the graveyard of good rappers?

For me, the beat’s far too saccharine and the tempo doesn’t really work. The lyrics show Dead Prez haven’t forgotten the world around them but the singalong hook definitely wasn’t what I was expecting. Whilst it’s A New (and rather bold) Beginning, I’m not sure how fans will respond.

[via: Exclaim // FACTmag]