Stand Up (Scribe song)

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"Stand Up"
Scribe - Stand Up Not Many.jpg
Single by Scribe
from the album The Crusader
A-side "Not Many
Released 2003
Genre Hip-hop
Length 4:14
Label Dirty Records
Writer(s) Malo Luafutu, Peter Wadams
Scribe singles chronology
"Stand Up"/"Not Many"
"Not Many – The Remix!"/"Stand Up"
"Dreaming"/"So Nice"
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"Stand Up" is the debut single by New Zealand rapper Scribe, from his 2003 album, The Crusader. It was released as a double A-side with "Not Many".

Critical reception[edit]

Russell Baillie from The New Zealand Herald said that "'Stand Up' is the sound of young New Zealand in 2003".[1]

"Stand Up" won Single of the Year at the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards ('Tuis'), and was also a finalist for the Highest Selling New Zealand Single.[2]

Commercial reception[edit]

The song entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number five, later peaking at the top spot. It sold over 1,000 copies in the week following its release.[3] It spent a total of twelve weeks at number one, and became the top single of 2003.[4][5] This is the most weeks at number one by a New Zealand artist, and the second most for any song, tied with Freddie Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights".[6] During its run at number one, The Crusader was released, and debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart. This was the first time in the charts' histories that a New Zealand artist simultaneously topped the singles and albums chart.[7][8] In its tenth charting week, it was certified platinum.[9]

In 2010, the list of the top 10 New Zealand singles of the 2000s (decade) was compiled. "Stand Up"/"Not Many" was the third best-selling single of the decade. Scribe was the only artist with two singles on the list, with "Stop the Music" listed at number nine.[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Stand Up" was shot in Auckland,[3] and directed by Chris Graham.[11] New Zealand On Air and Dirty Records funded the production of the video.[3]

A judging panel by Television New Zealand rated the video the fourth best New Zealand music video, calling it a "Kiwi classic" and "one of the turning points in the commercialisation and mainstream acceptance of local hip-hop."[12] It won the C4 Best Music Video award at the New Zealand Music Awards.[2]

Track listing[edit]


Source: Discogs[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Baillie, Russell (18 October 2003). "Scribe: The Crusader". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Four dominate at 2004 music awards" (Press release). New Zealand Music Awards. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Hughes, Andrew (August–September 2003). "From Big Things Comes Scribe". NZ Musician. 11 (1). Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scribe – Stand Up / Not Many". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Annual Top 50 Singles Chart 2003". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Milelr, Andrew (31 May 2006). "Official NZ Top 40 Chart & Commentary May 31" (Press release). Official New Zealand Music Chart. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scribe Hits Number 1!". nzgirl. 29 October 2003. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Schmidt, Veronica (27 December 2003 – 2 January 2004). "Not many, if any". New Zealand Listener. 194 (3320). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 singles (#1378)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 5 October 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Meade, Gareth (10 May 2010). "NZ Idol Ben Lummis Takes Top Spot". MTV New Zealand. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Stand Up by Scribe". The Film Archive. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dan's top 10 Kiwi music vids". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Scribe (2) – Stand Up / Not Many". Discogs. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Not Many/Stand Up – 12" Vinyl". Amplifier. Retrieved 19 September 2010.