Free Your Mind (4:52)

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“Free Your Mind” is the name of a Grammy Award-nominated hit single released by the all-female R&B group En Vogue in September 24, 1992 from their critically-acclaimed album Funky Divas. The anti-prejudice rock-oriented song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number sixteen on the UK Singles Chart.

“Free Your Mind” debuted at number eighty-nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 12, 1992. Within one week, it jumped to number forty-five, then to number twenty-five, and continued to make impressive strides until it eventually peaked at number eight the week of October 31, 1992. Altogether, “Free Your Mind” spent sixteen weeks in the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100.

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“Free Your Mind” was released due to the 1992 uprising that took place in Los Angeles, California from April 29 to May 4, 1992 following the acquittal of the police officers who had beaten Rodney King (the riots had been falsely categorised by some sources as race-related).

. The song is known for its very ground-breaking award-winning music video, directed by Mark Romanek. “Free Your Mind” used the chorus line of a George Clinton song with his permission. It was certified gold by the RIAA in late 1992. It is one of several songs to feature all four members of the group on lead vocals.

The opening line: “Prejudice! Wrote a song about it! Like to hear it? Here it go!”, is a line originally used by David Alan Grier’s character Calhoun Tubbs from FOX’s In Living Color.

Janet Jackson included the video in the Countdown of her twenty-five favorite videos of all-time at number eleven.

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