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Pride (Kendrick Lamar song)

"Pride" (stylized as "PRIDE.") is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar, taken from his fourth studio album Damn, released on April 14, 2017. The seventh track on the album (eighth on the Collector's Edition of Damn[3]), the song was written by Lamar, Steve Lacy, Anna Wise, and Anthony Tiffith, and produced by Lacy and Tiffith, with additional production by Bēkon. Although not released as a single, the song charted in multiple countries in 2017.

"Pride"
Song by Kendrick Lamar
from the album Damn
Recorded 2017
Genre [1]
Length 4:35
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Lacy
  • Tiffith
  • Bēkon (add.)

The song features background vocals from producer Steve Lacy and singer Anna Wise, whose previous collaboration with Lamar on "These Walls" won her a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.[4]

Contents

WritingEdit

The song features songwriting collaborations from American singer Anna Wise who, prior to her work on "Pride", won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2016 with Lamar for his song "These Walls", from his third studio album To Pimp a Butterfly.[4][5]

ProductionEdit

According to producer Steve Lacy, he created the beat for "Pride" on his iPhone 6.[6][7] Lacy also said that before the song's release, it was originally titled "Wasn't There" before being renamed to "Pride".[8]

The song has a tempo of 139 BPM and is in the key of E minor.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

In a mixed review, Maeve McDermott of USA Today said the song was not that memorable, but its enjoyable mix of influences make it worth listening to.[10]

Lost verseEdit

Shortly after the release of Damn, a lost handwritten verse from "Pride" was released by the co-president of Top Dawg Entertainment, Punch, on his Instagram page.[11][12][13] The lost verse reads as follows:[14][15][16]

Pride is my biggest sin
I tried to fight it but I never win
Lay’n myself down in the beds I made
Karma is always knockin with capital K’s
It started when I was toss’n my life in the sand
Cross’n the street, momma don’t you hold my hand
Time revealing itself
My ways are magnified
Same patterns requiring that I never camouflaged
Looking at me in shock you found my identity
Asking yourself do I have room 4 empathy
Everything is subject 2 change
But not me

Live performancesEdit

Lamar performed "Pride" live at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 23, 2017.[17]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the official Damn digital booklet.[2]

  • Kendrick Lamar – songwriter
  • Steve Lacy – songwriter, producer, background vocals
  • Anna Wise – songwriter, background vocals
  • Anthony Tiffith – songwriter, producer
  • Bēkon – additional production, additional vocals
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Tyler Page – mixing, mix assistant
  • Cyrus Taghipour – mix assistant

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 32
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[19] 82
France (SNEP)[20] 172
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 35
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 67
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 34
Portugal (AFP)[24] 25
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 42
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 49
US Billboard Hot 100[28] 37
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[29] 22

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[30] Gold 500,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Digital Booklet - DAMN. copy.pdf". DocDroid. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ India, Lindsey (December 8, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Surprises Fans With 'Damn.' Collector's Edition". XXL. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Grammy Nominations 2016: See the Full List of Nominees". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. April 22, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Setaro, Shawn (April 20, 2017). "Exclusive: Anna Wise Talks Working With Kendrick Lamar, Writing With Steve Lacy, and Her New Album". Complex. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ Sawyer, Jonathan (April 22, 2017). "This Producer Who Worked on 'DAMN.' Does Everything on His iPhone". Highsnobiety. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ Renshaw, David. "Listen To Steve Lacy Talk About His Work On Kendrick Lamar's DAMN". The FADER. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  8. ^ Reiff, Corbin (April 14, 2017). "Steve Lacy Made The Beat For Kendrick Lamar's 'PRIDE' On His Phone". UPROXX. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  9. ^ "PRIDE. (Original Mix) by Kendrick Lamar on Beatport". www.beatport.com. Retrieved July 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ McDermott, Meave (April 14, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.': A track-by-track instant review". USA Today. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ Berry, Peter A. "This Is Kendrick Lamar's Lost Verse From 'Pride' - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  12. ^ Ortiz, Edwin; Stout, Sean (April 14, 2017). "Here's Kendrick Lamar's Lost Verse From "Pride"". Complex. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (April 14, 2017). "Here's Kendrick Lamar's Lost Verse From "Pride"". PigeonsandPlanes. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  14. ^ Hassler, Abby (April 14, 2017). "Check out a Scrapped Verse from Kendrick Lamar's 'Pride'". Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  15. ^ Chin, Mallory (April 14, 2017). "A Lost Verse From Kendrick Lamar's "Pride" Surfaces". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  16. ^ Monroe, Jazz (April 14, 2017). "See Kendrick's Scrapped "PRIDE." Lyrics | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Setlist at Coachella Festival 2017". setlist.fm. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  19. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201716 into search. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 16, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  21. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kendrick Lamar – Pride." (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  23. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 1, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Kendrick Lamar – Pride.". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  25. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201716 into search. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  26. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kendrick Lamar – Pride.". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  27. ^ "Kendrick Lamar: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  28. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  29. ^ "Kendrick Lamar Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  30. ^ "American single certifications – Kendrick Lamar – Pride". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 7, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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