Freedom (Theme from Panther)
|Single by Various artists|
|from the album Panther soundtrack|
|Released||April 15, 1995|
|Format||12", CD Single|
"Freedom" is a 1995 song released on Mercury Records featuring a chorus of over 60 African-American female artists and groups of note in hip-hop, pop and R&B music including En Vogue, Aaliyah, Vanessa L. Williams, Mary J. Blige, MC Lyte, SWV, TLC, and Monica. It is a cover of Joi's song of the same name from her 1994 album The Pendulum Vibe. Both versions were produced by Dallas Austin.
The all-star recording of both the song and solemn black-and-white video for "Freedom" took place directly after the American Music Awards in 1995. According to its promotional single's liner notes, the song was a tribute to women of the past like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Shirley Chisholm, and Angela Davis who played major roles in black resistance, as well as the empowerment of women of the present.
"Freedom" is a cover of a song originally performed by underground R&B singer Joi on her acclaimed 1994 album The Pendulum Vibe. The song was re-recorded as the official theme for the award winning film Panther. The song was produced by Dallas Austin and Diamond D, "Freedom" reached the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995. The song featured female R&B singers, who at the time were popular acts in R&B and/or Pop music. The vocals were arranged by former Vertical Hold singer Angie Stone, and Me'Shell Ndegéocello contributed bass guitar as well.
Retail and promotional releases of the single also featured a rap-only version of the song featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC, Yo Yo, MC Lyte, Da 5 Footaz, Patra, and Me'Shell Ndegéocello. A music video for this version was also in rotation.
The single peaked at #10 on Billboard's R&B Singles Chart and #45 Pop, contributing to the success of soundtrack album on the charts (#5, R&B Albums and #37 Pop Albums).
- CD single
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (4:30)
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Rap Version) (4:20)
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Edit) (4:04)
- Vinyl single
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Diamond D's Crystal Mix) (6:06)
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (The Black Bag Mix) (4:30)
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Dallas' Vocal Rap Mix) (4:30)
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Dallas' Dirty Half Dozen Mix) (5:08)
- Freedom (Theme From Panther) (Dallas' Clean Half Dozen Mix) (4:20)