Move On Up

Cur­tis May­field (1970)

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As the ag­ile falsetto who fronted Chicago soul group The Im­pres­sions, Cur­tis May­field had touched on so­cial is­sues prior to his 1970 solo de­but, Cur­tis. But Move On Up, a near nine­minute epic driven by fevered funk per­cus­sion and a ma­jes­tic, up­lift­ing horn riff was in­tended to mark the be­gin­ning of a new era – both for May­field and his young, racial­lymixed au­di­ence. Where many protest songs from the era fo­cus on the nega­tive, May­field’s mes­sage was unashamedly up­lift­ing, its lyrics di­rected straight to a post-Civil Rights gen­er­a­tion ea­ger to be­lieve they held their des­tiny in their own hands: “Re­mem­ber your dream is your only scheme, so keep on pushin’…” As an ode to so­cial mo­bil­ity and the power of faith, the song has re­mained an in­spi­ra­tional touch­stone ever since, sam­pled by Kanye West (for Touch The Sky) and aired reg­u­larly at ral­lies dur­ing Barack Obama’s first elec­tion cam­paign.

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