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Mumia Abu-Jamal / Man Is The Bastard

Mumia Abu-Jamal / Man Is The Bastard: SplitSplit (1997)
Alternative Tentacles Records

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This CD is a split record. The first 12 tracks are spoken word by Mumia Abu-Jamal (as well as some by Assata Shakur, Jello Biafra, Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dole) and the last 4 tracks are music by Man Is The Bastard. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a radical activist/journalist/author/collumnist/spoken word artis.


This CD is a split record. The first 12 tracks are spoken word by Mumia Abu-Jamal (as well as some by Assata Shakur, Jello Biafra, Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dole) and the last 4 tracks are music by Man Is The Bastard. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a radical activist/journalist/author/collumnist/spoken word artist who has been on death row since 1982. On this record he rants about, among other things, police brutality, racism, the civil rights movement and death row itself. The perhaps most intriguing and moving track of the CD is the first one, where Mumia describes the feeling of living on death row, as well as pointing out fundamentally unfair aspects of the legal system in the US. His voice is dedicated, determined and sincere, and is pleasant to listen to.

I think the spoken word part could have been even better. Some of the subjects covered are, although deeply relevant, not the most interesting. I'm missing Mumia's take on international politics and his perspective on bigger issues, which often can be even more thought-provoking. Those who subscribe to his columns know what I mean.

Man Is The Bastard is an obscure act, even by hardcore standards. Their heavy, slow hardcore (or more specifically: power violence) is fueled by two bass guitars, multiple growling/screaming vocalists and pummeling drums. The production is raw and unpolished and the feedback factor is relatively high. Extreme music, basically. Still, the link between them and Mumia is far from absurd. Both are on a mission of radical change. When reading their lyrics you discover that the spirit is the same as that of Mumia, and hopefully this will shine true and become audible in their music, even to those who normally would find it unlistenable.

Man Is The Bastard is a band with a truly unique sound (something which is far from common these days). Their three songs (the first one is an intro) create a very powerful atmosphere. The heavy bass riffing can only be described as both catchy to original. The growling vocals effectively drive the message in. My only complaint is that they from time to time stick to one specific part for too long, which can get boring.

The cover inlay booklet of the CD is thick and very informative, the artwork is cool, so there's nothing missing with the packaging. The playing time of the CD is by far long enough, so in this respect it is a very "complete" record. Although the spoken word material is a bit uneven, this CD is worth buying.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

Try this for obscure:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=1 212951&sourceid=1500000000000000629230

Anonymous (June 23, 2004)

Look for Video, Live and documentary footage of MAn iS thE BaStArD at
http://homepage.mac.com/manisthebastard/iMovieTheater1.html

plutocracy (May 6, 2004)

Anonymous below me: Human rights are universal. The death penalty is against human rights. There's nothing you can do about this.

I can see how this can piss people off, putting people guilty of genocide behind bars. But punishment has to be rehab, not revenge.

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

lushj, Mc Veigh, or some mass killer of his level, cannot be compared to figures such as Hitler. How can you have a group of people responsible for genocide- mass killings in the millions- and lock them up in jail. Its absurd to think of it. Its not a great thing that we get to kill as punishment, but how can we reconcile the fact that some responsible for something as insane as genocide simply be locked away behind bars?

SilentStorms (May 3, 2004)

Ok, maybe I'm getting this Anonymous person mixed up, but I do believe your original argument was along the lines of you not meeting or hearing about cool cops, and then you come right back with an argument stating that it doesn't matter if cops are good and bad ... not an argument, in fact, it's contradictory. Although cops may pull people over for speeding tickets, it's fucking just if I see your stupid ass driving 150 in front of a school. When you hit that little child in your car, try explaining why cops are worse than you.

lushj (May 3, 2004)

"What about Hitler, and other cases such as him?"

Just because I don't support state-sponsored murder doesn't mean there's no punishment involved. Prison should be about rehabilitation, the opportunity for redemption, and punishment. Some cases will never be rehabbed, and some will never understand the enormity of their crimes. Most of these folks should never be let free. That's punishment.

Killing a mass murderer as revenge is an empty gesture. You can only kill them once. If you allow them to live, there's the chance that they will recognize the horror and pain they've inflicted and they will have to suffer for the rest of their existence knowing this. And in terms of an empty gesture, check out the organizations of murder victims families who actively oppose the death penalty.
Another possibility that the death penalty cuts off is understanding. Understanding why a Ted Bundy exists and kills, and understanding the details of a Timothy McVeigh plot. Since we've killed McVeigh, will we ever know the truth of what happened in the Oklahoma City bombing? Since we continue to execute serial killers, will we ever get a firm understanding (and possibly some preventative information) of what causes a human being to treat others as slabs of meat? Personally, I'd rather we spend our time trying to prevent psychopaths from developing, rather than spend our time destroying the evidence through executing psycopaths.

Anonymous (May 3, 2004)

isn't it fucking wack that ice-t is now playing a cop on law and order.

what the hell is the world coming to.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Whether a cop is a good person or a bad person is irrelevent you idiot. They are required to punish people based on laws which may or may not be just. A cop mayh have just saved a baby and he might not be an asshole who brutalizes minorities, but he is still required to give tickets to people for marginally breaking a ridiculous speed limit....which supports unjust laws which suspend licenses for months on end, resulting in many lost jobs and no job equals no money. Cops are required to enforce the law, good or bad, and if you disagree with a law then instantly ALL police officers are your enemy....that's just the way it is I'm sorry. People who say "they're just doing their job." seriously need to shut the fuck up and get their head checked....hitlers soldiers were doing a job too, does that make what they did ok? Hell no. Don't give me stupid excuses...there are no excuses for some of the truely ridiculous laws that are in place...which are voted on by the idiotic masses. Cops will always, until we reach much more logical state of law, be our enemies.

SilentStorms (April 30, 2004)

I just read the last two comments and have this to say:

"Killing a cop sounds pretty cool in my opinion," ok so I can see you are intelligent...oh wait, my bad. And don't worry, killing a cop wouldn't make you as bad as them ... or would it?

Time to witness what a hasty generalization is. "I just hate cops in general," and "I have not met a cool one and met and have heard about quite a few cocksuckers", yeah thanks for researching ... your opinion still means a lot though ... bahahaha.

Before you write something moronic like that learn how to argue. Some cops are good, some cops are bad. And that's the way it goes

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

Yes.....killing a cop sounds pretty cool in my opinion....fuck 'em, let's annihilate the LAPD and use the meat to feed animals....even a rat has more merit than a cop.

Anonymous (April 30, 2004)

I don't give a fuck about Mumia Abu-Jamal I just hate cops in general. I have not met a cool one and met and have heard about quite a few cocksuckers. I don't give a fuck, cops can eat my ass.

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

so... killing a cop is still considered cool?

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

"I believe that the death penalty is morally wrong in all cases"

What about Hitler, and other cases such as him? - "Hey what you in for buddy" , Hitler: "just genocide". "Ha! no way me too".

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

Got my black shirt on... Got my ski mask on...

-BSD

notfeelingcreative (April 29, 2004)

"I don't know but I really fucking hate cops."

Police officer is a profession, to hate someone becuase of their profession is as ignorant as all of the cops who use racial profiling. I've met some cops who are disgusting and worthy of all of the cliche "pig" references, and i've met some cops that are cool as hell, who as long as someone is not a direct danger to others, won't go around fucking with them. It's not that all cops are bad, it's just that when they are bad, they do some really fucked up shit and that's the stuff we tend to hear about the most, especially in music.

notfeelingcreative (April 29, 2004)

Basically, I agree with the comments of Jesse Luscious below, I oppose killing completely, whether it be war, the death penalty or homicide, Mumia's case was pretty fucked up, if you think people just randomly chose a death row inmante to throw support behind, you've chose to only look at/believe one side.

lushj (April 29, 2004)

1- I believe that the death penalty is morally wrong in all cases. The state killing people to show that killing is wrong is ridiculous- the practice is barbaric and cheapens our society. That's the short version.

Regardless of whether or not Mumia is guilty of the crime he is convicted of, he should not be executed.

2- His trial seems to have been pretty flawed, if he is convicted @ a fair trial, well, then he most probably killed the policeman and he should be punished for it. Now, there's enough question about it that any execution is tainted forever, and since execution is by definition final, there's no way to correct it if there is a different truth than what the first trial decided.

I am also from Philly, and the police force earned its reputation for brutality and racism honestly under corrupt thugs like Frank Rizzo. We are the city that bombed an entire neighborhood, don't forget!

3- You can get this cd from Alternative Tentacles here: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/product.php?product=92

Anonymous (April 29, 2004)

I don't know but I really fucking hate cops.

plutocracy (April 29, 2004)

No one here can be certain that he did or did not do it. Fact is that the trial did not follow the principles of jurisprudece, no matter how many times you read the transcript. It's not up to us to sentence him, that's the legal system's job. Giving him a new, fair trial is all anyone can ask for.

If you ignore this, the same thing can theoretically happen to you.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

how bout he sucks your cock when he's IN the chair and you can feel the buzz together.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

Mumia Abu-Jamal can suck my cock. Give him the goddamn chair already.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

Its unfortunate some have made this murdering thug the poster child for protesting serious issues such as the death penalty and racism in policing. Read the trial transcripts, he killed an innocent man for no other reason that he was a white cop. Thats racism.

FortyMinutesWest (April 28, 2004)

Most people here probably know about Arab on Radar.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

The locust also cut a split with arab on radar and i can bet the vast majority of people here don't know who they are either. Hell, even the locust was underground as hell until just a couple years ago.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

"As a matter of fact...I almost got shot in the head with a shotgun this morning by two over zealous pigs who thought I was trying to rob the bagel store i work at when i was actually just there at 3 am to bake the bagels. Fuck the cops. If was startled by them I'd probably be dead right now and they'd make up some excusr to get away with it.....they always do."

hahahahaha...sure

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

"also, powerviolence is ultra fucking fast hardcore, not slow, heavy, sludgesque stuff."

the term applies to both. it could be fast or slow or both. listen to crossed out, dumbass.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

man is the bastard cut a split with the locust so you can hardly call them obscure. also, powerviolence is ultra fucking fast hardcore, not slow, heavy, sludgesque stuff.

Anonymous (April 28, 2004)

Listen to Mumia speak some time. The man is such an eloquent and powerful speaker, you can understand why the government would be interested in shutting him up permanently.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

I love that the Mumia Abu Jamal thing is made out to be this big racial issue and always leads to discussions of unfairness in the judicial system when in reality it was basically a fucked up situation that may have possibly lead to a mistaken identity. I don't remember the gory details but you can find it on www.straightdope.com somewhere. I think what it was was like, his brother got in an altercation with police and Mumia joined in, but witnesses say it wasn't Mumia that killed the cop.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

geez why cant we all get along, this score is because all of you bash everyones music tastes but your own

notfeelingcreative (April 27, 2004)

Wasn't Mumia's death sentence overturned?

notfeelingcreative (April 27, 2004)

I love this.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Awesomeness.

-BSD

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Cause I'm a COP KILLER....better you than me...COP KILLER...fuck police brutality...hehehe. Ice T is the man. Even if Mumia did kill a cop.....how many cops kill people and leak through the holes in our legal system and get away with it. They can shot a kid with a toy gun and get away with it but Mumia is thrown to the Row for shooting an overzealous brutalizing pig? Sounds like self defence to me....if he did it...which I dont think he did. In the words of Henry Rollins- "once you put on the badge you give up your human rights"- all persons of authority should be required to adhere to MUCH stricter rules and regulations than us civilians...since they do happen to be in a position of power. A person can be forgiven for their mistakes, someone who has power over someone, however, cannot, and shouldn't.

TheOneTrueBill (April 27, 2004)

AT is quality

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

There is no such thing as anarchy.....we can simply hope to make a society as liberal as possible. Anarchy cannot exist because, no matter what, someone will always be trying to control someone else.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

I never said there shouldn't be police.....but there should be a TOTAL overhaul of our police forces....if someone i knew got shot I would call the cops, even though i wouldn''t want to, just to see if maybe they can do the job they are SUPPOSED to be doing for a change. But, to tell you the truth, it wouldn't do any good. Just ask Henry, his friend got shot in the face, he called the cops and for his trouble he was harrassed by the cops for living with another man and they called him "sweetie", and they never got the assailant either. The only thing cops seem to do these days is bust teens for selling marijuana, crack or whatever.....something that shouldn't even be a crime and carries ridiculous sentences. The like to pull over people for no reason or for pointless reasons. They'll harass you if you look "suspiscious"...who the hell should define "suspicious".....Im way more worried about what the "man" in the white house and goody two shoes right wing christians are doing than what a poor black or white guy with torn jeans and messy hair is doing.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

w00t! anarchy to the limit!

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

ok, so when one of yer loved ones gets shot in the street, your not going to call the cops? yer fuckin stupid..and im 24 living in philly...so there goes yer stats.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

"#1.....like the WM3...whether he did it or not doesn't matter.....what matters is that he got a corrupt trial and deserves a clean, new one. #2...as far as I'm concerned, I could give two shits about a dead pig...I'm glad they're fucking dead. Cops in heavy urban areas are racist rednecks with nothing better to do that hassle the homeless, make fun of people who look "different" and give people who go 10 miles over the speed limit tickets which eventually cause lost licenses and unemployment. Until our system seriously changes (we do need SOME sort of policing) I could really give two fucks about a dead pig or his mourning family. To anyone who disagrees.....you probably live suburbia and are under the age of 17....or over the age of 45."

...or from Canada

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

As a matter of fact...I almost got shot in the head with a shotgun this morning by two over zealous pigs who thought I was trying to rob the bagel store i work at when i was actually just there at 3 am to bake the bagels. Fuck the cops. If was startled by them I'd probably be dead right now and they'd make up some excusr to get away with it.....they always do.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

#1.....like the WM3...whether he did it or not doesn't matter.....what matters is that he got a corrupt trial and deserves a clean, new one. #2...as far as I'm concerned, I could give two shits about a dead pig...I'm glad they're fucking dead. Cops in heavy urban areas are racist rednecks with nothing better to do that hassle the homeless, make fun of people who look "different" and give people who go 10 miles over the speed limit tickets which eventually cause lost licenses and unemployment. Until our system seriously changes (we do need SOME sort of policing) I could really give two fucks about a dead pig or his mourning family. To anyone who disagrees.....you probably live suburbia and are under the age of 17....or over the age of 45.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

www.danielfaulkner.com

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

Mumia is just another(black and white) in a long line of hustlers that are smooth talkers and know how to take advantage of people wanting to do the right thing and protest the death penalty. I don't know if he deserves to die or not, but I feel he should never be let out of prison, the evidence is too much. And to those questioning his trial, he caused most of his own problems with his outbursts, and wanting to be his own lawyer.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

i'm amazed at the negative response these users have posted. maybe you should crawl out of your fucking charmed lives and realize that racism still exists, even if you don't witness it. like someone else said, even if mumia did kill that cop, his trial was a sham through and through.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

i hate mumia.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

*he should be executed

yeah, he probably should, but the outcry of people who wanted him off death row was something the state could not ignore.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

abu-jamal did it.

even Michael Moore knows it.

why shouldn't be be executed?

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

*word not work

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

yeah dude, you've obviously never even listened to a work mumia has ever said, even if you think he was guilty (and i don't, his trail was a sham)the guy is not some bloodthristy killer, quite the opposite.

4131

plutocracy (April 27, 2004)

"Man Is The Bastard is obscure?"

Maybe not. What do I know.

To the guy below me: You don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

yeah, cause they should let a cop killer back out on the streets..

kenfuggit (April 27, 2004)

Mayonaise the Bastard = good. If you like the heavy pummel-core sound, buy a godstomper record.

-Ken (loves powerviolence)

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

The guy below me is clearly the smartest person in the world, for he/she has heard of Mumia. Please fill all of us unenlightened punknews users in, because we've obviously been living under a rock for the past 20 years.

Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

wow. i bet hardly anyone that visits this site knows who mumia is. i'm not usually one to hop on these freedom fights, but this guy should not only be off of death row, he should be fully exonerated.

maverick (April 27, 2004)

Man Is The Bastard is obscure?

-Scott

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