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 21 Dec 24 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26
Airplays: 1 2 2 1 5 6

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 Charles Berta
2. Brand Nubian Claimin' I'm A Criminal
3. Womack, Bobby Arkansas State Prison
4. Mcdowell, Fred I'm In Jail Again
5. Kay Kay And The Rays Lone Star Justice
6. Dead Prez Behind Enemy Lines
7. Mayfield, Curtis Short Eyes
8. Last Poets, The The Court Room
9. Lifers Group Living Proof
10. Simone, Nina Work Song
11. Russell, James I Had Five Long Years
12. K-Solo Premonition Of A Black Prisoner
13. Escorts, The Disrespect Can Wreck
14. Akon Locked Up
15. 2 Pac Ig On Death Row
16. Arnold, Billy Boy Prisoner's Plea
17. Temptations, The Run Charlie Run
18. Soul Snatcherz, The Free
19. Williams, Robert Pete Pardon Denied Again