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MENFORMATION adopted “Respect Yourself” as our theme song because we believe it sends a powerful message to our young boys. This remix of the song was arranged and produced by Laythan Armor with a hip style that retains all the funk of the original. The vocals feature Beau Williams & Sheron Bennett.

History of Song

“Respect Yourself” is a classic hit soul song by The Staple Singers released in late 1971 by Stax Records. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and  it was ranked #462 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song was written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice. Ingram, who was frustrated with the state of the world at the time, told Rice “black folk need to learn to respect themselves.” It was true then, and it is more truer now.

Song Credits

Lead Vocals | Beau Williams & Sheron Bennett
Background Vocals | Sheron Bennett, Beau Williams and Laythan Armor
Keyboards | Laythan Armor
Bass | Cornelius Mims
Drums | Manny Dominick
Guitar | David Foreman
Horns | Donald Hayes
Percussion | Laythan Armor
Arranger | Laythan Armor @ Armor Production Company
Executive Producer | Elziroy “Sonny” Porter
Recorded  & Mixed by Laythan Armor @ Armor Recording Studio, North Hollywood CA

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