Disciplinary power … is exercised through its invisibility; at the same time it imposes on those whom it subjects a principle of compulsory visibility.

—Michel Foucault

“The Crime of Prison”uses samples and stolen sounds to create a dark, haunting excursion that lays out the visceral story of incarceration as it may appear to the guard and inmate rookies. The sounds move from the prison entrance — the welcome mat for people of color, disadvantage or wrongdoing — to the cacophony of solitary confinement, which represents justified-acceptable torture in the name of security and retribution, on to slave labor as monetized by capitalism and government, to beatings and further punishmentsIncluded is a short sample by Armand Schaubroeck of Rochester, N.Y., kid criminal and aspiring singer-songwriter who ended up producing weird criminal-confessional do-it-yourself LPs documenting his life as a serial thief & prisoner in Elmira Reformatory.

Playlist

Mental Illness • Prison
Institution • Kodak Black
Meant • Wordclock
Prison • Void
Jail Call • Casanova
What Prison Sounds Like • Prisoner at HM Prison Oakwood
Son of a Guard • Train [Bulletproof Picasso]
Institutionalized • Suicidal Tendencies
We Like To Party • Crazy Frog
Pure • Guerilla Warfare & $oapowder
Early In The Mornin’ • 22, Little Red, Tangle Eye, & Hard Hair
Black Woman • BB & Six Others
Slavery • KRS-One
I Can’t Wake Up Instrumental • KRS-One
BREATH4 • Charlie Morrow
BB King Teaches How to Solo Over a Blues Progression • BB King
Whistle While You Work • Shep Fields & His Rippling Rhythm Orchestra
Solitude / L1 Dub • Jah Wobble & Chinese Dub Orchestra
Lord My Cell Is Cold • Armand Schaubroeck
Central Park 1850 & Birds Flying • Charlie Morrow
Folsom Prison Blues Stripped • Wage War
Birds Piggelmee May 2020 • b/art

Sources

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Prison [Austin Coupe] / Kodak Black / Wordclock / Void vs GhostSickness / Casanova / Prisoner at HM Prison Oakwood / Train / Suicidal Tendencies / Crazy Frog / Guerilla Warfare & $oapowder / 22, Little Red, Tangle Eye, & Hard Hair / BB & Six Others / KRS-One / Charlie Morrow / BB King / Shep Fields & his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra / Jah Wobble / Armand Schaubroeck / Wage War / b/art

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