Apostle, is a singer and member of Die Jim Crow. Die Jim Crow explores the journey of the contributing artists through intimate first -person narrative, overarching political themes, and haunting musical through lines. Fusing several genres of traditionally African American music, the album features blues, hip hop,
1st Impro Song I ever did- FREEDOM
“Death to Jim Crow means a death to stereotypes, to misconceptions of the ‘Other.’ There is no Other. The term Jim Crow comes from a song which satirizes a slave. I see much parallel to the way our society views those incarcerated: that they are lesser than, merely criminals. Die Jim Crow Records aims to change this narrative through music.”
— Fury Young, Executive Director
DIE JIM CROW RECORDS IS THE FIRST RECORD LABEL IN THE UNITED STATES FOR FORMERLY AND CURRENTLY INCARCERATED MUSICIANS. OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE OUR ARTISTS WITH A HIGH-QUALITY PLATFORM FOR THEIR VOICES TO BE HEARD.
First, it was a concept album.
Die Jim Crow Records began as an idea to basically make the greatest concept album of all time. In 2013, inspired by Michelle Alexander’s landmark book The New Jim Crow and Pink Floyd’s rock opera The Wall, artist/activist Fury Young embarked on the quixotic journey to make an epic double album about racial injustice in the U.S. prison system.
The initial idea was to work with formerly and currently incarcerated black musicians to form a collective narrative that spanned pre-prison, prison, and reentry. Though Young, who identifies as a “New York Jew,” had never been incarcerated or produced a single song before, his personal experiences with friends who had been to prison led to him pioneering the project with a ceaseless conviction.
For six years, while working full time as a carpenter, Young pursued DJC as a passion project and had the diligence to gain access to prisons across the country for recordings. During this time he built close relationships with several musicians and writers both in and once-in of the system.