Special Education (song)

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"Special Education"
Single by Goodie Mob featuring Janelle Monáe
from the album Age Against the Machine
ReleasedJune 18, 2013 (2013-06-18)
RecordedWinter 2012
Portland, Jamaica
Label The Right Records, Primary Wave, Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Robert Barnett, Willie Knighton, Thomas Calloway, Cameron Gipp, Tramaine Winfrey
Producer(s) Young Fyre, Q Rock
Goodie Mob singles chronology
"Fight to Win"
"Special Education"
Janelle Monáe singles chronology
"Special Education"
"Dance Apocalyptic"

"Special Education" is a song performed by hip-hop group Goodie Mob featuring Janelle Monáe, from their 2013 studio album Age Against the Machine . It was released as the first single from the album on June 18, 2013. As part of promotion for the song, a music video directed by John Colombo was released, as well as a 7" vinyl single. [1]



"Special Education" was recorded by the Goodie Mob featuring Janelle Monáe as the first single [2] of their studio album Age Against the Machine (2013) in around Winter 2012, in the Jamaican Geejam Studios. [3] Young Fyre and Q Rock produced the track. [4] It was officially released on June 18, 2013. [5]


"Special Education" is written to be a song advocating uniqueness, [6] as well as highlighting segregation and discrimination against those with lesser intellectual capabilities. [7]

Critical reception

Eric Black of Rolling Out found the track to be "dope", adding that it "[will] take you back to when being different was cool". [8] Chris Martins of Spin wrote that the song was "a step in the right direction", in comparison with Goodie Mob's "Fight to Win" (2012). [9]

Music video

The music video for "Special Education" was directed by John Colombo. [9] More than four minutes long, [10] it features members of the Goodie Mob singing the song with child actors portraying younger versions of them. There are also anti-bullying elements in the video. [6] Additionally, a lyric video was released. [11]

Live performances

"Special Education" was performed live by Goodie Mob on August 1, 2013, on the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon. [12] They sang it live again with group trainee V. Bozeman substituting Janelle Monaé on "The View" and was broadcast by ABC Television. [13] Other live performance locations included the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. [14] and the Brooklyn Bowl in Long Island. [15]

Official versions

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