Mumia Abu-Jamal

175 Progress Drive

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Regardless of your opinion on the guilt or innocence of journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal in the murders of which he was convicted, this intriguing spoken word collection will prove an eye-opening listen. With songs, poems, and speeches that address everything from Abu-Jamal's quest for justice to the way today's urban music glorifies materialism, it's a bit of a heady listen, and while spoken word can be something of an acquired taste, tracks like "A Rap Thing" offer up intelligent, thought-provoking concepts every hip-hop fan should hear. Everyone from Rubin Hurricane Carter (who was falsely accused of murder and served more than a decade on death row) to Assata Shakur (Tupac's mother) drops by to lend their support, as do rappers like Chuck D, Pharoahe Monch, and dead prez, whose "Mumia 911" is a fiery diatribe against the U.S. government for Abu-Jamal's status as a "political prisoner." It may not change your mind, but 175 Progress Drive will almost certainly serve to open it.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:02 SpotifyAmazon
2 4:09 SpotifyAmazon
3
2:32 SpotifyAmazon
4
feat: Ruby Dee
3:00 SpotifyAmazon
5
3:45 SpotifyAmazon
6
1:14 SpotifyAmazon
7
3:25 SpotifyAmazon
8
3:47 SpotifyAmazon
9
2:10 SpotifyAmazon
10
3:57 SpotifyAmazon
11
0:41 SpotifyAmazon
12
1:11 SpotifyAmazon
13
3:43 SpotifyAmazon
14
8:00 SpotifyAmazon
15
1:14
16
3:03 SpotifyAmazon
17
1:27
18
3:19
19
4:27
20
3:16
21
2:16
22
3:06
23
5:42
24
1:30
25
1:24
26
1:13
27
1:12
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