This video looks like a fashion show, but it’s so much more. En Vogue released “Free Your Mind” as a single from their Funky Divas album in September 1992. The lyrics are just as relevant today as they were then.
The opening line of the song, “Prejudice, wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go!”, was adapted from a line used by David Alan Grier’s character ‘Calhoun Tubbs’ on the sketch comedy series In Living Color. From there, “Free Your Mind” addresses racism, sexism, and classism. According to Songfacts, the song was recorded in response to the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.
“Free Your Mind” clearly resonated with the public. It reached the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 and Hot Dance Singles Sales charts, and charted in countries all over the world. The song also did well at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, winning for Best Choreography, Best Dance Video, and Best R&B Video.