Migos Samples A Classic Bob Marley Song In “Crown The Kings”
American rap group Migos has sampled Bob Marley & The Wailers classic Get Up, Stand Up for their song Crown The Kings, which is on the trio’s latest album Culture II.
“Get Up, Stand Up” is from Bob Marley & The Wailer’s 1973 album Burnin. It protests poverty and inequality in countries such as Haiti and Jamaica.
In the 2011 documentary Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend, the reggae legend’s former girlfriend and collaborator Esther Anderson revealed that the song was inspired by his experiences during a trip to Haiti. Marley often closed out his concerts with the track, which is also the last song he ever performed on stage on Sept. 23, 1980 at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In the single, Marley encourages listeners to fight for their rights:
Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don’t give up the fight
Crown The Kings debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, R&B Hip Hop Album, Rap Album and Canadian album charts last week. It is the second number one for the Georgia-based trio who formed in 2009.
The members of Migos are Quavious ‘Quavo’ Keyate Marshall, Kiari ‘Offset’ Kendrell Cephus and Kirshnik ‘Takeoff’ Khari Ball.
Crown The Kings is co-produced by Marshall and DJ Durel.