De La Rocha, More Contribute To Mumia Abu-Jamal's Third LP

Essays, interviews, spoken-word pieces comprise 175 Progress Drive, named for Mumia's death-row address.Drive, named for Mumia's death-row address.

"Mumia 911," a protest track featuring former Rage Against the Machine

frontman Zack de la Rocha, Public Enemy's Chuck D and others, will be

re-released next month on the third album from the song's controversial

namesake, Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Titled after the address of the Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, prison where

Abu-Jamal resides on death row, 175 Progress Drive is due June 26

from Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label. The album also features

several spoken-word tracks he recorded, while incarcerated, for National

Public Radio and other stations, as well as his interviews with Bob

Marley, Jimmy Carter and others.

Abu-Jamal, a Philadelphia journalist and activist, received the death

penalty in 1982 after being convicted for the 1981 murder of police

officer Daniel Faulkner. He has protested his innocence, finding

supporters in acts such as the Beastie Boys, Rage, the Roots, Mos Def

and Bad Religion. (For much more on the controversy surrounding Abu-Jamal,

see "Weeding Through The Rhetoric: What's The

Rage/Beasties Benefit About?")

Only three of the 27 tracks on 175 Progress Drive include music:

"Mumia 911," "For Mumia" by I Was Born With Two Tongues and "You Make

the Call" by Seeds of Wisdom.

Also included on the album are essays and poetry written by Abu-Jamal

and read by actor Peter Coyote, Black Panther and Black Liberation Army

leader Assata Shakur and former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was

freed from prison after a reversed murder conviction.

De la Rocha and Chuck D recorded "Mumia 911" with one-off group the

Unbound Allstars, which also featured Dead Prez, Pharaohe Monch, Afu Ra,

Goldii Lokks and Aceyalone, in late 1999 for the Abu-Jamal benefit album

The Unbound Project Vol. 1, released last May.

175 Progress Drive follows Abu-Jamal's 1998 release All Things

Censored, Vol. 1, which featured novelist Alice Walker and actor

Martin Sheen, and 1997's Man Is the Bastard, which featured Henry

Rollins, Biafra and late poet Allen Ginsberg.