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Stic man of Dead Prez 1.JPG with dead prez at Resistance Festival, Athens, 2009
Background information
Birth nameClayton Gavin
Also known asKhnum Muata Ibomu
Born (1974-03-06) March 6, 1974 (age 45)
Shadeville, Florida, USA
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, USA
GenresHip hop
Years active1996-present
Associated acts

Khnum Muata Ibomu[1][2] (born Clayton Gavin; March 6, 1974[citation needed]), better known by his stage name, is an American rapper, activist and author known for his work as one half of the political hip-hop duo Dead Prez with M-1.[3]


Khnum Muata Ibomu was born and raised in the rural unincorporated community of Shadeville, Florida.[citation needed] He studied at James S. Rickards and Wakulla High Schools.

In 1990, while in the 10th grade at Wakulla, Gavin was prevented from performing a rap song entitled "Black As I Can Get" for a Black History Month assembly.[4] The incident prompted students to boycott classes following the assembly and lead to a picket of the school joined by parents.[5]

Following a diagnosis of gout when he was 21, stopped drinking and smoking, started practicing Jeet Kune Do and began following a vegan diet.[6] formed the hip-hop duo dead prez with M-1 after the two met at Florida A&M University. After a chance meeting with Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar at a Brooklyn block party, the two signed a recording deal with Loud Records, which in 2000 released Let's Get Free. The pair went on to release RBG: Revolutionary But Gangsta in 2004.[7] was arrested at a Crown Heights photo shoot in 2003 after refusing to show identification to police officers.[8] He and two others were arrested again at the O'Hare International Airport in 2004 for refusing to take off their headphones prior to takeoff.[9]

In 2006 wrote two books. The first, entitled Warrior Names from Afrika, is a compilation of African warrior names and their meanings. His second book, The Art of Emceeing, is a 112-page resource that offers a step-by-step instructional guide on how to emcee, unique tips on voice healing and vocal health practices, and an explanation on many aspects of the hip hop industry, including terminology, styles, and business dealings.[10] collaborated with Young Noble from Outlawz on their Soldier 2 Soldier album the same year. also maintains Boss Up, Inc., an Atlanta-based music and entertainment company that offers information, music, and gear that reflects a sense of self-determination, creative consciousness, and entrepreneurship.[11]

More recently has produced "Sly Fox", "Untitled" and "We're Not Alone" on Nas' album Untitled.[12] He has also rapped on other artist's albums, such as Bizarre's Hannicap Circus. He is also featured on the song, "Angels & Demons" on Immortal Technique's compilation album, The Martyr, along with dead prez counterpart M-1.

Personal life[edit]

Khnum "STIC" Ibomu has two sons and is married to nutritionist and author Afya Ibomu.[2] He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and son.[13]


Solo albums

Collaboration albums

Film appearances[edit]

Ibomu appears in the 2008 film The Black Candle, directed by M.K. Asante, Jr. and narrated by Maya Angelou.[14]


  • The Art of Emceeing: An Easy to Follow Step-By-Step Guide for the Aspiring Hip Hop Artist. Atlanta, GA: Boss Up. 2005. ISBN 978-0-9770092-0-6.
  • Warrior Names from Afrika. 2006.


  1. ^ Dawsey, Darrell (April 17, 2006). "Courting success often puts rappers' lives in danger". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "About the Founder". RBG Fit Club. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Powers, Ann (July 25, 2000). "POP REVIEW; An Old Fugitive's Hideaway Warms a Hip-Hop Night". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  4. ^ McClendon, Carl (April 6, 1990). "Wakulla rap controversy is really about respect". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  5. ^ "Ban of Rap Song Prompts Boycott". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. March 12, 1990. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Testimony: of Dead Prez Finding Faith in Martial Arts". AOL Black Voices. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  7. ^ Glick, Jeremy (May 11, 2004). " and M1 Bypass the Purist Hip-Hop Border Police". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  8. ^ Allah, Dasun (September 30, 2003). "'Arrested for Breathing'". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  9. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (April 19, 2004). "Dead Prez Member Arrested For Bringing The Noise". MTV News. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  10. ^ Selah, Makkada B. (May 31, 2006). "The Art of Emcee-ing". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  11. ^ "Bossupbu.Com". Bossupbu.Com. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  12. ^ Ketchum III, William E. (October 13, 2008). "Producer's Corner:". HipHop DX. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  13. ^ "STiC.MAN of Dead Prez Interview". The Revolutionary Hip-Hop Report. August 30, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2011.
  14. ^ "M.K. Asante Jr. '04 Films 'The Black Candle,' Publishes Third Book". Lafayette College. October 7, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2011.

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