Push It Up

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Push It Up

from the album Newpower Soul
Song details
Performer: New Power Generation
First Released: 30 June 1998 - Newpower Soul album
Album(s): Newpower Soul
Writer(s): Prince, Larry Graham and Doug E. Fresh (credited to New Power Generation)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to New Power Generation)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Push It Up is the sixth track on the New Power Generation’s third and final ’solo' album Newpower Soul.

The song largely developed from a remix of Jam Of The Year (the original of which was recorded in late 1995 - early 1996 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota; see that song’s entry for details). This remix was recorded in Summer 1997, adding a rap by Doug E. Fresh -- verbatim from his song Tonite’s The Nite, released in 1996 on the soundtrack to Get On The Bus.

A clip of the remix was streamed on Love4OneAnother.com in the fall of 1997. Further work on the track took place on 12 August 1997, also at Paisley Park Studios, which is most likely when it was renamed Push It Up.

On 20 February 1998, Love4OneAnother.com announced that Prince was deciding between Mad Sex, Newpower Soul and Push It Up as the first single, but it is not known if artwork or tracklists were compiled for these singles.

The song’s title is written on the album’s back cover as Push It Up!, but the booklet and the CD itself labels the track without the exclamation point, so that is how it is listed here.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer 1997 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Remix / re-recording of Jam Of The Year with Doug E. Fresh
12 August 1997 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Additional recording, creating Push It Up
Recording Personnel
  • - all vocals and instruments, except where noted (credited for "all musical instruments and tantrums")
  • Larry Graham - co-lead vocals
  • Chaka Khan - vocals
  • Doug E. Fresh - rap
  • Kirk Johnson - drum programming (as "KAJ", credited for "drums, drum and synth programs")
  • Rhonda Smith - bass guitar (credited, but uncertain contribution)
  • Rev. Scott - rhythm guitar (credited, but uncertain contribution)
  • Mr. Hayes - keyboards, background vocals (credited, but uncertain contribution)
  • Marva King - background vocals
  • DJ Brother Jules - scratches

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Push It Up 5:28 Newpower Soul Studio CD Version. Segues into Freaks On This Side
Push It Up 5:32 Newpower Soul Studio Cassette version. Slightly edited (clean outro - not segueing into Freaks On This Side)
Push It Up 2:21 NPG Sampler '98 Excerpt
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Push It Up 2:25 Beautiful Strange VHS Live 28 August 1998 (a.m.): Cafe De Paris, London, England; see Beautiful Strange for more details

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Push It Up was usually performed in a medley with Jam Of The Year, the track it developed from, when performed live in 1998-9.

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