The unexpected passing of the iconic Prince Rogers Nelson last Thursday still has the music world, and fans everywhere in shock. With his impeccable talent, and extensive catalog which features an impressive 39 studio albums, the Purple One has inspired musicians all over the world. Many of which have become known for mimicking his eye catching style, in addition to sampling his music. We all know of many R&B and Pop songs that have sampled His Royal Highness, but what about Hip Hop songs? Listed below are five songs that you probably didn’t know sampled some of the Purple One’s timeless classics.
Biz Markie- “This Is Something For the Radio”
Biz is known for raising eyebrows and delighting everyone at the same time. Challenging his inner Prince, the diabolical one sampled music from the Purple One’s film Under the Cherry Moon to create his classic hip hop jam “This Is Something For the Radio”. Taken from his 1988 album Goin Off, true fans of the film are sure to recognize its familiar party starting sample at first listen.
Public Enemy – “Brothers Gonna Work it Out”
Produced by the Bomb Squad, this hit was taken from PE’s groundbreaking album Fear of a Black Planet. Laced with a snippet of Prince’s famous guitar riff at the end of his global hit “Let’s Go Crazy”, its no surprise that for hip hop fans and Prince fans alike, this track remained on repeat.
De La Soul – “Lovely How I Let My Mind Float”
Throughout this Old School hip hip favorite, a divine sample of Prince’s “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” is heard loud and clear. Laced with a guest appearance from fellow hip hop pioneer Biz Markie, impeccable flows and the iconic sample both caress the track perfectly. Taken from their 1993 release Breakadawn, “Lovely How I Let My Mind Float” is sure to have you also rushing to purchase Prince’s popular 1987 album Sign “O” the Times also, if you don’t have it already.
2Pac “To Live and Die in L.A.”
‘Pac’s ode to Los Angeles remains one of the biggest hits extracted from his 1996 release, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. Although Pac’s impeccable flow in this song has entranced hip hop fans for years, only true Prince fans recognized the familiar sample of his sexual classic “Do Me Baby”as the song’s permanent backdrop. A major hit extracted from the Purple One’s 1981 Controversy album, one can’t help but to think of the classic slow jam as Pac’s voice plays.
MC Hammer’s “Pray” samples Prince’s “When Doves Cry”
The 90’s were a major decade for Hammer’s. Back then everything thing that the Oakland California native touched turned to gold. Especially his chart topping 1990 release Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Em’. In addition to featuring the major Rick James sample hit “U Can’t Touch This”, this album also featured the Prince flavored “Pray”. With its iconic sample of Prince’s lead single from his 1984 blockbuster Purple Rain, Hammer’s ode to Christianity was truly a blessing for all ears.