Who We Be

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"Who We Be"
Single by DMX featuring Dustin Adams
from the album The Great Depression
Released 2001
Format 12-inch single, CD single
Recorded 2001
Chaton Studios,
(Phoenix, Arizona)
Genre rap rock
Length 4:25
Label Ruff Ryders, Def Jam
Writer(s) Earl Simmons, Mickey R. Davis
Producer(s) Black Key, Melvin "Hip" Armstead
DMX featuring Dustin Adams singles chronology
"We Right Here"
(2001)
"Who We Be"
(2001)
"I Miss You"
(2002)

"Who We Be" is a song by American hip hop recording artist DMX, released as the second single from his fourth album The Great Depression (2001). The song peaked at 10 on the Hot 100. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, but lost to "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott. The song was featured on the 2004 film Head of State, on the scene where Chris Rock wants to run his campaign in his own way.

Song Information[edit]

Song Production[edit]

DMX raps on the song, the song is about the division and separation of Blacks in America, with DMX telling the listener about the problems that Blacks face as well as the many things that people assume about them but don't understand who they are.

Music Video[edit]

The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and produced by Lanette Phillips and Stefan Belafonte, and it features DMX rapping the song from inside a prison cell.

Track listing[edit]

Europe 12-inch single 33 ⅓ RPM

  1. A1 "Who We Be" (LP Version)
  2. B1 "Who We Be" (Radio Edit)
  3. B2 "Who We Be" (Instrumental)

US 12-inch single

  1. A1 "Who We Be" (Radio Edit)
  2. A2 "Who We Be" (Album Version)
  3. B1 "Who We Be" (Instrumental)
  4. B2 "Who We Be" (Acapella)

United Kingdom CD/maxi single

  1. "Who We Be" (Radio Edit) – 4:19
  2. "We Right Here" (Radio Edit) – 4:02
  3. "Who We Be" (Explicit Version) – 4:48
  4. "We Right Here" (Explicit Version) – 4:31

United Kingdom enhanced CD single Tracklisting:

  1. "Who We Be" (LP Version) – 4:48
  2. "Who We Be" (Radio Edit) – 4:26
  3. "We Right Here" (LP Version) – 4:28
  4. Video - "Who We Be"

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals: DMX, Dustin Adams
  • Mastered by: Tony Dawsey
  • Recorded by: Jaime Weddle and Otto D'Angolo
  • Mixed by: Brian Stanley at the Hit Factory Criteria (Miami, Florida)
  • Artwork [Design]: Akisia Grigsby
  • Artwork [Direction]:- Akisia Grigsby, Earl "DMX" Simmons
  • Photography: Vincent Soyez

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