Fans can always count on dead prez to provide a refreshing helping of substance in the midst of an influx of superficial Hip-Hop found on popular radio. Earlier today, Complex premiered a new set of visuals by the duo for “No Way As The Way,” directed by Danny Hastings, that sticks to their brand of thought provoking music.
We see a less agressive dead prez here, as the duo takes a serene, but descriptive approach to questioning the benefits of practicing formal religion. In these visuals, the “Police State” rappers practice various religious sects while rapping about their own spiritual journeys. This should be no surprise historically speaking, considering that stic.man and M1 are the type to practice what’s detailed in their songs whether listeners agree or not.
stic.man gave his own explanation for the Let’s Get Free track to Complex:
“The song ‘No Way As The Way,’ that title comes from my martial arts practices. Jeet Kune Do is one of the arts that I’ve had the chance to practice. Jeet Kune Do was created by Bruce Lee. It’s an approach to martial arts that says that having no way as the way, is the way. To make it simple: not being locked into any particular way as the only way to get something done, in terms of your fighting.
That spills over into the philosophy of life in terms of having no set way, no rigid position that you’re trying to hold, but being adaptable and fluid and flowing. Long story short, that martial arts practice has inspired my thinking a lot. When we decided to write a song on Information Age about spirituality and religion, it was so fitting.”
See the visual for “No Way As The Way” below.