Superfly (song)

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Single by Curtis Mayfield
from the album Super Fly
B-side "Love To Keep You In My Mind"
Released October 1972
Format 7"
Genre Funk, soul
Length 3:08 (single edit)
3:53 (album version)
Label Curtom/Buddah
Writer(s) Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s) Curtis Mayfield
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Curtis Mayfield singles chronology
"Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)"
"Future Shock"

"Superfly" is a song by Curtis Mayfield, the title track from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film of the same name. It was the second single released from the album, following "Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)", and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Best Selling Soul Singles chart. [1] The lyrics celebrate the craftiness and determination of the film's main character. The song plays over the film's closing credits.

The bassline and the rototom percussion break from the song's introduction (performed by Joseph "Lucky" Scott and "Master" Henry Gibson, respectively)[2] have repeatedly been sampled in songs including Beastie Boys' "Egg Man", The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die Intro", and Nelly's "Tilt Ya Head Back" featuring Christina Aguilera. Mayfield himself sampled the original song in "Superfly 1990", a duet he recorded with rapper Ice-T.[3]

The song appeared in the 2009 film Madea Goes to Jail. The song also appeared in the 2012 movie Dark Shadows.


The song was covered by Canadian soul and R&B band jacksoul on their album mySOUL.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 285. 
  2. ^ Galloway, A. Scott (1999). In Super Fly (p. 8) [CD liner notes]. Burbank, CA: Rhino Records.
  3. ^ "Superfly". Rap Sample FAQ. Accessed October 31, 2007.

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