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.
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.