RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta

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RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta
Rbg cover.jpg
Studio album by dead Prez
Released March 30, 2004
Genre Hip-hop
Length 44:18
Label Columbia/SME Records
Producer Sean Cane, Stic, Tahir
dead Prez chronology
Let's Get Free
(2000)Let's Get Free2000
RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta
(2004)
Information Age
(2012)Information Age2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
The Source 4.5/5 stars[3]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[4]

RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta is the second studio album by hip-hop duo dead prez. It was released March 30, 2004 on Sony Records.

RBG was described by M-1 as a movement that "comes off the back of the Honorable Marcus Garvey." According to him, "RBG means Red, Black and Green," the traditional African colors created by the UNIA, which are featured on the album cover. With this album Dead Prez "made it Revolutionary But Gangsta."[5]

On RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta, Dead Prez talks about ending poverty and depression, and of "pimping the system" as a means to this end and to the cause of liberation. On "Hell Yeah," Dead Prez declare "Fuck welfare / we say reparations".

Inside the album liner notes, RBG is variously described as standing for; "revolutionary but gangsta", "real big guns", "real black girls", "ready to bust gats", "reaching bigger goals", "read 'bout Garvey", "rappers be gassed", "red black green", "rider's basic guide", and "rollin big ganja".

The song "Radio Freq" first appeared on Turn Off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 1 as "Turn Off the Radio" and is considered an homage to Ice Cube's song "Turn Off The Radio".[6]

In 2003, the song, "Hell Yeah" was featured on the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Featured guest(s) Producer(s) Length
1 "Don't Forget Where U Came From" stic.man 1:14
2 "Walk Like a Warrior" Krayzie Bone stic.man 3:32
3 "I Have a Dream, Too" Tahir 4:00
4 "D.O.W.N." stic.man 2:07
5 "Hell Yeah (Pimp the System)" Additional Vocals by Blue dead prez & Downbeat Production Collective 4:12
6 "W-4" Aisha Mic (Aisha Mike) stic.man 4:04
7 "Radio Freq" Additional Vocals by D-Prosper, Scratches by Sean Cane stic.man 2:51
8 "Fucked Up" stic.man 2:43
9 "50 in the Clip" Wu Hylton Sean Cane, Co-Produced by L.V. 2:42
10 "Way of Life" stic.man 2:57
11 "Don't Forget Where U Goin'" stic.man 2:09
12 "Hell Yeah (Pimp the System)" (Remix) JAY Z, Additional Vocals by Blue dead prez & Downbeat Production Collective 4:20
13 "Twenty" (Hidden Track) 2:22
14 "Hell Yeah" (Rock Remix) (Hidden Track) 5:06
note
tracks 13-19 are each five seconds of silence, and are followed by two more unlisted tracks, 20: "Twenty" (2:22) and 21: "Hell Yeah" (rock remix) (5:06)

Credits[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Stic.man – track 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
  • Tahir Jamal – track 3
  • Dead Prez and Downbeat Production Collective – track 5, 12
  • Sean Cane – track 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r684597
  2. ^ Columnist. "Review: Revolutionary But Gangsta". Rolling Stone: 2004.
  3. ^ Columnist. "Almost Classic". The Source: 2004.
  4. ^ Hsu, Hua. "Review: Revolutionary But Gangsta". Vibe: 2004.
  5. ^ Upping the Anti #6. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: UTA Publications. May 2008. p. 45. ISBN 9780968270431. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Dead Prez - RBG (Revolutionary But Gangsta) review from Stylus Magazine

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