You don’t need me to say Prince was important and just how big his impact was. You live, you’re on planet earth, therefore you should know. But what you may not know is how many times rappers were influenced by the greatness that was Prince Rogers Nelson. Here are a few Prince joints sampled in the world of hip-hop.
Of course, The Purple One’s music is mostly available only on Tidal, so you’ll have to go there to reference certain songs from his catalog.
“Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince/”Brothers Gonna Work It Out” by Public Enemy/”Eazy-Duz-It” by Eazy-E
The song that set off Purple Rain has a guitar riff that’s prominent in “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” and “Eazy Duz It” and both the Bomb Squad and Dr. Dre couldn’t get enough of it. It feels like a perfect fit for the Public Enemy joint as it speaks to the organized chaos Public Enemy, while it’s just a nice little bonus that Dre threw in to give Eazy an extra bit of an aggression for the title track off of his debut LP.
“If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Prince/”’03 Bonnie and Clyde” by Jay-Z ft. Beyonce
It’s just Bey doing the vocals, but this song was the formal coming out party of the genre’s foremost power couple. They were still being coy at this point but come on, we all knew the truth. The very next year, Jay said he had the hottest chick in the game wearing his chain.