When it comes to spreading revolutionary messaging at the cost of commercial success, and staying true to your culture and heritage, not many artists can claim to be as real as Dead Prez.  The duo, which made a splash with their iconic single “Hip-Hop,” have long been a favorite for those who would rather turn off the radio than be spoon fed.  They also happen to live incredibly healthy.  Case and point, their aptly titled song “Be Healthy,” which appeared on their 2000 release, Let’s Get Free.  The song is a wealth of nutritional gems; we’ve taken the liberty of breaking down four major keys.

“I don’t eat no meat, no dairy, no sweets / only ripe vegetables, fresh fruit and whole wheat.”

This is their way of imposing upon you a vegan lifestyle.  Just what does such a diet entail?  Well, you can’t eat anything from animals – so it’s a step above observing a vegetarian, as it doesn’t allow for any dairy intake.  A vegan diet isn’t as hard as it sounds, though.

“No fish, no candy bars, no cigarettes, only ganja and fresh-squeezed juice from oranges/exercising daily to stay healthy – and I rarely drink water out the tap, cause it’s filthy.”

They make an excellent point here about orange juice.  Have you ever wondered why store-bought juice delivers a consistent flavour and consistency, each and every time?  That would be because there’s more chemistry that goes into making their 100% real juice than they’d like to admit openly.  For a real healthy experience, try a personal juicer – nothing beats homemade orange juice!  Nothing.

“Lentil soup is mental fruit and ginger root is good for the yout’ / Fresh veg-e-table with the mayatl stew, sweet yam fries with the green callaloo.”

This sounds like one hell of a healthy – and delicious – meal.  Lentils happen to be one of the healthiest foods out there; amongst their many health benefits, they help lower cholesterol.  Ginger root, as well, offers plenty of benefits and is often used as a natural medicine for relieving digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and pain.  Mayatl stew, if you’re curious, is an African dish made from beetles.

“Careful how you season and prepare your foods / cause you don’t wanna lose vitamins and miner-ules — and that’s the jewel.”

This one is hard to avoid; but it’s beneficial to understand that almost every food preparation process will result in loss of vitamins/minerals/health benefits.  Whether it’s heat, water, or freezing, different processes can strip food of their nutritional value.  It’s dependant, so if you’re curious, take a look at how various methods can affect your food.

Hip-hop is getting older – and health is becoming a growing issue.  Check your eating habits.  Dead Prez is already ahead of ya!