Songs that mention Prince

PrincePrince’s death leaves an unfillable hole in the musical firmament. He was more than a talented artist who will be missed, as we miss other icons who have passed away recently. No, Prince was altogether unique. One of the most brilliant musicians of the late 20th century, he influenced the sound of a generation along with countless artists. His awesome musicianship was an inspiration. Fluent in every genre, he could still get a party started with just the basics—a funky beat—unlike anyone else. Now that the big industry machine will greedily start cashing in on his passing, it’s helpful to take a moment to show our appreciation for his musical gift in other ways. My small offering is to recount songs that mentioned Prince and his music. Send me your additions and I’ll keep the list growing.

See the Sound Cloud playlist at the bottom of this post. The songs in their entirety can be listened to by clicking on the link to Sound Cloud.

Bigger Than Prince – Green Velvet (2013)
“You just walk around like you’re bigger than Prince.”

Bridging the Gap – Nas (2004)
“Born in the game, discovered my father’s music
Like Prince searchin’ through boxes of Purple Rain
But my Minneapolis was The Bridge, home of the Superkids
Some are well-known, some doin’ bids”

Down With Prince – Hot Chip (2003)
“I’m sick of motherfuckers trying to tell me that they’re down with Prince
I was just a baby when I heard him playing Vanity 6
And now it’s such a ripoff got to get to my Electric Six
Show ’em how it’s done I think you got to get shown up rich”

Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do – Goldie Lookin’ Chain (2004)
“It’s a sign of the times like Prince changing his name
You gotta have a shooter to be in the rap game”

Pac’s Life – Tupac (written 1991, released 2006)
Samples “Pop Life,” and the chorus is a play on words: “Everybody talking ’bout Pac’s life”

Prince Alone in the Studio – Smog (1995)
“Prince alone in the studio
It’s two a.m. and all the girls are gone
The girls thought they were going to be able
To have sex with him”

Shoop – Salt-N-Pepa (1993)
“Straight up, wait up, hold up, Mr. Lover
Like Prince said you’re a sexy mutha-”

Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) – Groove Armada (2007)
“I’m drivin’ fast, I feel so fine
I got Prince singin’ Hot Thing to me, I know every line”

We All Wanna Be Prince – Felix Da Housecat (2009)
“We can’t help ourselves, we all wanna be Prince.”

Wednesday – Tori Amos (2002)
“I start humming “When Doves Cry,”
can someone help me,
I think that i’m lost here,
lost in a place called America”

What Can I Do – Ice Cube (1994)
“Already done stack me half a mill ticket
Bought a house next to Prince, so now I can kick it”

Work It – Missy Elliot (2002)
“Just ’cause I got a lot of fame super
Prince couldn’t get me change my name papa.”

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