Philadelphia, PA, August 28, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- Respect The Culture, LLC, a Philadelphia-based record label and multi-media company, has released Nex Millen/Retrospective’s debut solo album, “Who is Mumia Abu Jamal?” The new CD features the spoken word of controversial death row inmate and political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal.
Nex Millen’s alternative, soulful beats accompany the spoken word of Jamal, recorded from death row at Huntingdon State Prison and S.C.I. Greene. The album also includes guest appearances by Assata Shakur, Allen Ginsberg & Jello Biafra.
“A diversion from the smooth rhyme style featured in Nex Millen/Retrospective’s work with former groups, Souls of the Lost Elements and the Group of Pimps, Millen’s latest effort features his skillful production and a message in his music – the message of death row inmate Mumia Abu Jamal,” said the album’s Executive Producer Marci Krufka. “From the haunting keyboards of ‘To Be Like Malcolm, A Message To Mumia’ to the funky, up-tempo sound of ‘A Bright Shining Hell’ to the subtle scratching in ‘Statement of the Facts’ and ‘Legalized Crime’ to the moving strings of ‘The Depth of Our Courage,’ Millen’s beats artfully support the powerful lyrics without detracting from the purpose of the piece – to allow listeners to hear the voice of Jamal and his supporters – many for the first time.”
Nex Millen/Retrospective is a Philadelphia-born artist, producer and DJ. He is a co-founder of Camden, New Jersey-based Breakbread Projects and a member the critically-acclaimed group Nuthouse. Millen has performed across the United States and throughout Europe and was the Music Coordinator for the Digable Planets 2005 Reunion Tour UK. He has released several recordings with former groups, produced numerous singles, albums and mix tapes for other artists and was the Music Supervisor for the very successful And1 B-ball mix tapes.
Mumia Abu Jamal is an award-winning journalist who exposed police violence against minority communities. Imprisoned in 1982 for the alleged murder of a Philadelphia policeman, Jamal maintains his innocence, citing the lack of evidence, racial bias in jury selection, improper tactics by the prosecution and ineffective counsel from the public defender at trial as well as new forensic and other evidence in his defense.
During his twenty plus years of incarceration, Jamal has published numerous recorded and written essays regarding his political and social beliefs via www.prisonradio.org. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this CD will be donated to The International Concerned Friends & Family of Mumia Abu Jamal.
Respect the Culture LLC is a Philadelphia-based record label and multimedia company, featuring hip hop and other artists, local events and performances via its subsidiary CultureNights, and a clothing line, CultureWear, featuring original apparel with a spiritually and socially conscious message.
“Who is Mumia Abu Jamal?” is available for purchase at www.cdbaby.com/cd/nexmillen, ITunes, Rhapsody, MSN Music, Sony Connect, Verizon Wireless and other music sites online as well as in retail stores in the tri-state area.
For a promotional copy of the CD (press only) or for more information contact Marci Krufka at Respect the Culture at 610-550-9705 or UltraVibeusa1@gmail.com