A group of music and spoken word artists led by Rage Against the Machine frontman Zach de la Rocha, Black Star’s Taleb Kweli and “Slam” screenwriter Saul Williams have been tapped to contribute to a benefit album for death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Other confirmed participants for the album, entitled “Unbound” and due out in mid-March, include Organized Konfusion’s Pharaoh Monch, Dilated Peoples and the Poor Righteous Teachers.
Proceeds from the record will be used for legal defense for Abu-Jamal, who has been on a Pennsylvania Death Row for 17 years for the 1981 slaying of a police officer.
An as-yet-untitled posse cut will be recorded for “Unbound” next weekend in New York City, featuring verses from Pharcyde’s Tre, Peace from the Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone and Mumia’s daughter — under the rap moniker Goldii Loks.
Common, Ras Kass and a few of the Roots may also pitch in for the track, and other previously-released MCs interested in getting in on the song are
urged to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ensemble effort may end up being as long as 10 minutes, but plans call for an edited version to be released to radio as a single in January.