A Tribute to a King: The Best Prince Samples Used in Rap

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Today, music lost a Renaissance Man in the form of Prince. The musical icon’s extensive catalog ranges all of the back to the 70’s and his brilliance is touted as one of the best ever. No one can undermine his creativity and ability to tinker with pushing boundaries sonically. Prince was a musical savant. He was an innovator. Prince was in fact, a king. We take a look back at some notable samples used by rappers from his timeless catalog. Check it out.

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A Tribute to a King: The Best Prince Samples Used in Rap.

Prince – “It’s Gonna Be Lovely (1979)”

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Kanye West used this sample for his 2007 song, “Big Brother.”

Prince – “If I Was Your Girlfriend (1987)”

Several artists like DJ Quik and Lady Gaga flipped Prince’s “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” but nobody did it best like JAY Z and Beyoncé for “03 Bonnie & Clyde.”

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