SAN QUENTIN MIXTAPE, VOL. 1

“So much un-used potential locked away in prison.”

While serving time for killing a man during an altercation, music producer David Jassy used his keyboard to make beats and encouraged fellow inmates to perform rap freestyles, teaching them about songwriting and music production.

The culmination of those efforts is a music project championed by celebrities called San Quentin Mixtape, Vol. 1.

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“It’s so beautiful when you see the transition from youngsters coming in because a lot of them really act out because they’re either hurt or scared — because you have to keep up a certain facade in prison, you don’t want to show that you soft. For them to basically be vulnerable on a mixtape in prison and really speak their truth, it’s not an easy thing to do.”

All proceeds from sales of San Quentin Mixtape, Vol. 1 will benefit the National Center for Victims of Crime, The Boys & Girls Club of Oakland and Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.

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