Picture If you were born before 1990 then chances are you’re familiar with the two-man hip hop group known as Dead Prez. Their militant revolutionary rap music promoted self-reliance, healthy living and raging against The System, amongst other things.

One half of the duo has branched off for a solo album like non other. In what he calls a “fit-hop” album, Stic.Man’s new project “The Workout” is the first genuine real-to-the-streets rap record devoted ENTIRELY to hitting the gym, working out and getting in shape. This in NO WAY like your mother’s lame so-called “hip hop fitness” DVD.

“I wrote this album, first and foremost, for myself as a motivator. Something that I wanted to take to the gym with me…take to the park when I’m running.” Stic.Man says.
Its a mind-blowing 14-track album that instantly got my $10 on iTunes once I heard a couple tracks. As you know, we here at Cypher Avenue are fitness junkies so that evening I went to gym and played The Workout from front to back. The brilliant thing about this album is that the music not only fits the tempo you need but the lyrics keep you motivated to push more sets and/or repetitions into your training session. Its like having a personal trainer in your ears over hip hop beats.

On the album, Stic also covers his experience as a vegetarian, as a martial arts student, yoga techniques, eliminating marijuana and alcohol from his diet, the teachings and philosophy of the late Bruce Lee and overall healthy living. No matter if you’re an experience gym rat or a newbie to the world of exercise, this album is a great motivator to maintaining a healthy, physically fit lifestyle. Check out a few tracks and music videos below:

Stic.Man: “Let It Burn”


Stic.Man: “Back On My Regimen”

One of my New Year’s resolutions was was to be consistent in hitting the gym on a regular basis. So far I’ve been making it an amazing 4-5 days per week given my hectic schedule. So when I heard the lyrics in this lead single track from Stic called “Back on my Regimen” I swore that he was reading my mind.
No more slacking on my training I’m all 100 with it
I see the goal in my mind, yes I’m gonna get it
strength comes from within, it’s not the outer image
blood pumping, my set is a gang of calisthenicsI’m back on my work out, back on my regimen
Back on my weight gain, back on my discipline
Back to the gym again, back on my vitamins
Back on my training, feeling stronger than I ever been!
Check out the music video for the song:

Stic.Man: The Workout EPK

Stic is currently a resident of Atlanta, GA and participated in last year’s 41st Annual Peachtree Road Race, his first marathon. In this mini-documentary (aka EPK) for the album Stic talks about the making and motivation for the project, which was produced while he was training for the Road Race.
Check out the EPK documentary here:
– Nick D