|Birth name||Lavonne Alford|
|Also known as|
|Born||May 12, 1975|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.|
Mutulu Olugbala (born Lavonne Alford, May 12, 1975), better known by his stage name M-1 (sometimes stylized as M1), is an American rapper, songwriter, and activist from Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his work as one half of the political hip hop duo dead prez with stic.man.
M-1's first solo album, Confidential, credited to "Dead Prez Presents M-1," was released on March 21, 2006 through Sotti/Koch Records. Following Confidential M-1 worked on the album Can't Sell Dope Forever by Dead Prez & Outlawz.
M-1 had the lead role in Broken Rhyme, a 2006 American 90-minute feature film and drama directed and produced by Detdrich McClure about a disillusioned rapper who goes to Japan to shoot a video there and encounters a mysterious Japanese woman who leads him on a spiritual journey and the heavy price he has to pay for turning his back on the forces that run the hip-hop music industry. The film premiered at the Filmlife and HBO American Black Film Festival in June 2006 as an Official Selection.
M-1 is also a self proclaimed political activist for many black and left-wing causes. In July 2009, M-1 accompanied the controversial Viva Palestina convoy, delivering humanitarian supplies to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. In 2010, M-1 was featured on British-Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour's single "Al Kufiyyeh 3arabeyyeh" ("The Keffiyeh is Arabian") in her response to the "Israeli Keffiyah", in what political commentators such as Mary Lorian viewed to be "crude" and "racist". M-1 is a co-founder of Urban Aroma, "a platform for cannabis, art, activism and social equity with editorial and charitable commitments."
- 2006: Confidential
- 2011: AP2P – All Power to the People (with Bonnot)
- 2013: Evolutionary Minded (Furthering the Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron) (with Kentyah, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band)
- 2016: Between Me and the World (with Bonnot)
- 1999: Whiteboyz
- 2001: Brooklyn Babylon
- 2006: Guilty or Innocent of Using the N Word as Himself (documentary)
- 2006: Broken Rhyme as Himself (feature film)
- 2012: Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal as Himself (documentary)
- 2006: "Till We Get There" feat. Stori James and K'naan
- Interview by Henri Adaso in About.com: A 'Confidential' Conversation With M-1 of dead prez
- Can't Sell Dope Forever Album on Discogs
- Filmlife and HBO American Black Film Festival official website
- Guilty or Innocent of Using the 'N' Word on IMDB
- Africana Media Project: About M1 / Interview with Russian Television RT
- A day in Gaza | SocialistWorker.org
- The Arab League of Hip Hop | The Middle East Channel
- "Shadia Mansour & M1 demand "El Kofeyye 3arabeyye" in latest video". MideastDynasty.com. October 2, 2011.
- ""Existence is Resistance": We spoke with Shadia Mansour, the first lady of Arabian hip hop". Noisey. September 20, 2017.
- Aroma, Urban. "Urban Aroma Partners with Mission Green to Launch A $30,000 Giving Campaign for Inmates Serving Life Sentences for Cannabis". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
- "Urban Aroma". urbanaroma.com. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
- IMDb: Broken Rhyme with M-1 in a lead role in the film