“A New Beginning”

    After a four year absence from shelves, political hip-hop stalwarts Dead Prez will release their third studio album, Information Age, next month on Krian Music Group, and here’s the first taste: “A New Beginning.” Sonically, the title couldn’t be better suited, as a poppy rhythm and chorus have surprisingly been favored over the unabashed beats of old. M1 and stic.man help to salvage the song somewhat by maintaining their potent lyricism, bringing everything from consumerism to the economy to the 2012 phemomenon under scrutiny, but it all arrives so awkwardly over a beat that sounds like it was stolen from Lady Gaga’s stash. Let’s just hope that Information Age, out digitally Oct. 16 and physically Jan. 22, doesn’t follow one blueprint.