Dead Prez is a critically acclaimed underground hip–hop duo of alternative rappers and M–1. They are largely known for their hard–hitting style combined with Socialist and pan–Africanist lyrics, focusing on revolution, institutional racism, critical pedagogy, police, capitalism, education in the United States, prison systems, religion, activism against governmental repression, and corporate control over the media, especially hip–hop record labels. Dead prez made their stance clear on their first album, declaring on the lead song, "I'm a African" that the group is "somewhere between N.W.A. and P.E."