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Various Artists / In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music From Blues To Hiphop
Album:In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music From Blues To Hiphop Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists Added:Nov 2006

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-11-19 Pull Date:2007-01-21 
Week Ending:Jan 21Dec 24Dec 17Dec 10Dec 3Nov 26

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 06, 2019:Everything but the kitchen sink
Arkansas State Prison
4.Jul 29, 2010:Happy Hour
Claimin' I'm A Criminal
2.Sep 01, 2014:Happy Hour
Claimin' I'm A Criminal
5.Nov 26, 2009:Happy Hour
Arkansas State Prison
3.Sep 03, 2012:Labor Day Fill-in
The Court Room
6.Sep 07, 2009:Happy Hour
Premonition Of A Black Prisoner

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2006-11-13 
[coll]: In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music from Blues to Hiphop (Trikont)
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/13/06
Exactly what the title says – the stuff in between Blues and Hip Hop includes jazz and a fair amount of 60’s soul. Some really sad and hard hitting stuff here, and a lot of important messages to hear.
FCCs on track 2, 9 and 15, and the dreaded “n-word” on 6 and 17. All tracks have value, lots of different tastes can be satisfied.
1. *deep folk blues – one steady beat signifies chopping a tree, male call and response.
2. ***FCC (lots of FCCs, alas). Downtempo hip hop with sirens, disturbing reality tale. Clean this up and play it.
3. ***Midtempo bluesy soul ballad with slide guitar from 1969.
4. ***Slow acoustic folk blues, minimalist and menacing guitar, great blues singing.
5. ****slightly downtempo swingy electric blues sashay, lots of spoken word about the Texas prison system, strong female blues singing, direct message.
6. ***Random talking intro, slightly downtempo hip hop, serious rap with an amazing story, some in Spanish. Occasional “nigga” but no FCCs.
7. ****Downtempo, classic Mayfield soul sound, falsetto vocals. Great bit of percussion in second half of song.
8. ***jazz beat poetry/proto-hip hop. Amazing lyrics.
9. **** FCC: “bullshit”. Bluesy intro, then midtempo old-school style hip hop with a great beat, standup bass.
10. ***Swing jazz from the 60’s, great female vocals.
11. *a cappella folk blues, male call and response chant. Recorded in prison in 1959, off-key but gripping vocals.
12. ***long random intro, midtempo hard hitting hip hop.
13. ***soul from 1969, complex orchestration, Tempations-style soul group vocals recorded in prison, morality tale.
14. ***Downtempo bluesy hip hop with singing.
15. ****FCC right off the bat… midtempo hip hop by its biggest star. Incredible lyrics, but they ain’t pretty.
16. ***Slightly uptempo sparsely instrumented Chicago blues shuffle.
17. ****amazing Temptations number about White fear – “the niggers are coming!” – beware the n-word, but it’s an awesome number.
18. ***Spoken intro with formless music for 40+ seconds, then midtempo hip hop about the execution of a good man.
19. **Solo male vocals and acoustic guitar folk blues. Very folky - you can hear birds singing in the background.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Big Louisiana, Rev. Rogers And Roosevelt CharlesBerta
2.Brand NubianClaimin' I'm A Criminal
3.Womack, BobbyArkansas State Prison
4.Mcdowell, FredI'm In Jail Again
5.Kay Kay And The RaysLone Star Justice
6.Dead PrezBehind Enemy Lines
7.Mayfield, CurtisShort Eyes
8.Last Poets, TheThe Court Room
9.Lifers GroupLiving Proof
10.Simone, NinaWork Song
11.Russell, JamesI Had Five Long Years
12.K-SoloPremonition Of A Black Prisoner
13.Escorts, TheDisrespect Can Wreck
14.AkonLocked Up
15.2 PacIg On Death Row
16.Arnold, Billy BoyPrisoner's Plea
17.Temptations, TheRun Charlie Run
18.Soul Snatcherz, TheFree
19.Williams, Robert PetePardon Denied Again