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A215-162 is the brainchild of Mark B. Springer, whose prison number is the song's namesake. Mark has been incarcerated at Warren Correctional Institution, where the song was mainly recorded, since 1989.

Sedrick Franklin's opening verse was improvised on the spot. The men's choir features members of Warren Correctional Institution's UMOJA choir (UMOJA will be heavily featured on the Die Jim Crow LP). The women's choir, recorded at revolutionsound in Brooklyn NY, is made up of formerly incarcerated women.


lyrics by Mark B. Springer and Sedrick Franklin

That’s the number they gave me
When I walked through the prison door
They tell me I’m a ward of the state
They tell me I’m a ward of the state
I don’t wanna be a ward of the state no more
I wanna go home.

You’re a ward of the state
You’re a ward of the state
You’re a ward of the state
You’re a ward of the state

This is your number.
Remember it.
This is how I’ll identify you.
This is not up for debate.
You will wear what I tell you.
Spread your legs.
Get dressed.
I’m responsible for your life.
You will eat, drink, and lockdown when I say so.
Do you understand me?
Yes sir.
Now what is your number, convict?


from Die Jim Crow EP, released May 1, 2016
Lyrics by Mark B. Springer and Sedrick Franklin
Music by Mark B. Springer
Guitar: Derrick Foley
Vocal 1: Sedrick Franklin
Vocal 2: Alonzo Freeman Jr.
Vocal 3: Mark B. Springer
Keyboard: Mark B. Springer
Drums: Anthony “Big Ant” McKinney
Bass: dr. Israel
Saxophone: William Bridges
Men’s choir: Sedrick Franklin, Andre Maxwell, Deonte Leary, Laquan “Q” Marables, Mark B. Springer
Women’s choir: Apostle Heloise, Pastor Anna Smith, Ezette Edouard, Lauren Kelly Benson

Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboard, and men’s choir recorded by dr. Israel at Warren Correctional Institution, Lebanon OH.
Bass and women’s choir recorded by dr. Israel at revolutionsound, Brooklyn NY.
Saxophone recorded by Eli Cohen at New England Conservatory, Boston MA.

Produced by Fury Young
Co-producer/Engineer: dr. Israel
Mixed by dr. Israel
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio NYC



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Die Jim Crow is a concept album about racism in the US prison system written and performed by formerly and currently incarcerated black musicians and writers from across the country.

The Die Jim Crow EP is available now. The full length concept album will be released in 2018.

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