"(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" is a funk/soul song originally recorded by Curtis Mayfield for his album Curtis (1970). The song was meant to serve as a warning regarding the state of race relations and the tempest growing in America's inner cities.
|"(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go"|
|Single by Curtis Mayfield|
|from the album Curtis|
|B-side||"The Makings of You"|
|Genre||Acid funk, psychedelic soul|
|Length||3:26 (single version)|
7:50 (album version)
The song begins with a woman proclaiming the virtues of the Bible's "Book of Revelation" over an introduction of fuzz-bass guitar and conga drums. Mayfield then shouts with a large echo overdub "Sisters! Niggers! Whities! Jews! Crackers! Don't worry, If there's a Hell below, we're all gonna go!" followed by a scream. The song then breaks out with a heavy fuzz bass, Latin percussion, wah-wah guitar and strings.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||29|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles||3|
Covers and useEdit
The Afghan Whigs covered this song on their 1998 live EP "Live at Howlin' Wolf".
D12 samples this song on "That's How" from their album Devil's Night. Kanye West samples the introduction to this song on "Jesus Walks", from his album The College Dropout. N.W.A. also samples this song on "Niggaz 4 Life" from their album Efil4zaggin.
The instrumental beginning was featured in season 2 episode 20 of Fresh Off the Boat entitled My Name Is... .
The song was also featured in Dead Presidents.
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