In 2000 the politically charged Unbound Project Volume 1 compilation was released.
The Unbound Project Volume 1 is a counter attack from the members of the progressive hip-hop community against the oppression of our society's young people. The project not only seeks to raise dialogue through music and spoken word pieces, it also seeks to examine the root causes behind current trends within the US Criminal Justice System by providing the listener with a 30 page essay that outlines the system and its broad effect on the Hip-Hop Generation today.
Participating artists included: Reflection Eternal, Black Thought, Zach de la Rocha, Aceyalone, Blackalicious, Saul Williams and Iriscience of Dilated Peoples. United around the cause of exposing America's flawed criminal justice system, the artists have donated portions of the proceeds to benefit the legal defense of Black Panther and radio journalist Mumia Abdul-Jamal. Though ten years old the eye-opening and controversial project remains current today. Regardless of your stance, I encourage you to check out the documentary below which explores the way the media covered Abdul-Jamal's incarceration and raises questions about the responsibility of journalists to provide information fairly and accurately.