‘Compared To What’ is a classic piece of protest music by any standard: Universally understood and pliable enough to be improvised hundreds of times, more than a quarter century after its original writing it remains fresh, startling, and sadly still relevant. Eugene McDaniels clearly had a vision: Lucky for us, we still have his epic resistance song.
— Denise Sullivan, "Keep on Pushing: Black Power Music From Blues to Hip Hop"