Give We The Pride by Chuck D ft Mavis Staples (Review)

Review of Give We The Pride by Chuck D ft Mavis Staples

Well its been a while since a Hip Hop track has offered some real stand out.  Ironic that I was listening to the Hip Hop weekend of 1Xtra and all the tracks that stood out were the ones from the 90s.  You know, those stand out moments from the likes of Nas, Biggie, Ice Cube and Outkast.  Well Chuck D made some of the most important tracks that helped define the genre, and he is back.

Review of Give We The Pride by Chuck D with Mavis Staples

Review of Give We The Pride by Chuck D with Mavis Staples

Enrolling the support of legendary rhythm and blues singer Mavis Staples, he brings to your ears Give We The Pride.  Simple hip hop beats drive the track and some nice sounding percussion adds a real element to the music.  Chuck D delivers some lyrics that show the world for what it is.  There are elements of preaching in it with the numerous references of “the lord”, however the track is really well produced, it doesn’t dominate.

Mavis Staples is in her 70s yet she can still belt out a tune.  Her vocals are distinctive and powerful.  She quite simply sets the tone of the entire track and belts out her great vocal sound that makes you want to listen.

Whilst Give We The Pride may not be a classic, the mix of hip hop beats, Chuck D‘s rap and some great rhythm and blues singing, delivers a passionate combination.  This isn’t in any way commercial and it won’t make millions, but that might just be why I like it.


2 thoughts on “Give We The Pride by Chuck D ft Mavis Staples (Review)

  1. Good review, but I need to make a few points. Firstly and most importantly, Chuck D NEVER went away. This year alone he and Public Enemy performed to over 250,000 people in the UK alone during 2 tours. In the last 2 years they have performed over 100 gigs in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia and this month alone will perform in LA, New York and Japan. They headlined Glastonbury 2 years ago at the same time as the rolling stones, They were the anthem of the 2012 Olympics, have released 2 albums (as well as the Mista Chuck album the man in black where this song is taken from) They have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Created Hip Hop Gods and continue to grow

    I think it is without doubt its a classic, but thats only an opinion time will tell, but we agree, commerciality will not define that…

    Glad you like it, check out the rest of the album, and their others. Public Enemy is without doubt HIP HOPS finest bottle of wine and just keeps getting better and better!!!


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