Respect (Alliance Ethnik song)

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"Respect"
Respect (Alliance Ethnik).jpg
Artwork by Number 6
Single by Alliance Ethnik
from the album Simple et Funky
B-side Instrumental, Remix
Released 10 January 1995
Format CD single, CD maxi, 12"
Genre R&B, funk
Length 4:21
Label Virgin, Delabel
Writer(s) M. Darmon, F. Henri,
Kamel Houairi, Vinia Mojica,
Nicolas Vadon
Producer(s) Bob Power
Alliance Ethnik singles chronology
"Respect"
(1995)
"Simple et Funky"
(1996)
Music sample

"Respect" is a 1995 song recorded by French hip hop act Alliance Ethnik. It was the first single from his album Respect, and was released on January 1995. It achieved success in several countries, including France and Belgium where it was a top three hit. The song was Alliance Ethnik's biggest hit to date and can be deemed as its signature song.

Structure[edit]

After a 30-second introduction using the sound of a radio, the song contains several samples from songs such as "It's Good to Be the King Rap Pt 1" by Mel Brooks, "Back Together Again" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway[1] and a small interpolation of "Life's a Bitch" of American rapper Nas. The verses, performed by K-mel, are in French, while other verses and the refrains are sung by Vinia Mojica in English. The male singer has a delivery "which makes use of words and onomatopoeia with mischievouness [sic] and joviality". This single is "festive and optimistic", and uses the repertoire of the 1980s rap.[2] The music video was shot in black and white.

Chart performances[edit]

The single had a success on the French SNEP Singles Chart (top 50), where it was ranked for 33 weeks. It debuted at number 13 on January 28, 1995, then entered in the top ten and remained in it for 22 weeks, including a peak at number two for four consecutive weeks, while the first position was held by The Cranberries' hit "Zombie". The song achieved Gold status and is the 953rd best-selling single of all time in France.[3]

In Belgium (Wallonia), the single was number-one for a sole week, but remained in the top ten for over 17 weeks and 24 weeks in the top 40.

In Belgium (Flanders), Sweden and Austria, "Respect" achieved a moderate success, being only a top 25 hit. In Germany, it achieved only a low charts positions.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Respect" (radio edit) — 4:21
  2. "Respect" (instrumental) — 4:21
  • CD maxi
  1. "Respect" (radio edit) — 4:18
  2. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks remix) — 4:21
  3. "Respect" (Prince Paul's project mix) — 4:30
  4. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks instrumental) — 4:50
  • 12" maxi
  1. "Respect" (radio edit) — 4:18
  2. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks remix) — 4:21
  3. "Respect" (Prince Paul's project mix) — 4:30
  4. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks instrumental) — 4:50
  • 12" maxi - Promo
  1. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks remix) — 4:21
  2. "Respect" (Prince Paul's project mix) — 4:30
  3. "Respect" (Prince Paul's bag of tricks instrumental) — 4:50

Credits[edit]

  • Produced and mixed by Bob Power
  • Vocals by Vinia Mojica
  • Remixes by Prince Paul

Charts and sales[edit]

Preceded by
"Zombie" by The Cranberries
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
29 April 1995
Succeeded by
"Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)"
by Scatman John

References[edit]

  1. ^ Samples used in Alliance Ethnik's songs Du-bruit.com (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  2. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit.tubes (in French). Alinéa Bis. p. 317. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Respect", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  5. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  6. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  7. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved October 10, 2008)
  8. ^ Les certifications depuis 1973, database Infodisc.fr (Retrieved October 10, 2008)