Dead prez exposes social imbalances through critique of institutions such as the education system, prison system, government and music industry. They especially focus on the effects on and within their own black communities. Their unique radical edge is not based entirely upon their aggressive intelligent lyrics (as is the case with some other political rappers) but rather is based on their focus on making music that can encourage direct action for the betterment of the listeners immediate life. Their songs encourage specific activities to fight suppression, and promote health and wellness.
Their protest rap is not just radically critically, but radically constructive.