“I swear I thought I lived in a world where MJ and Prince don’t die…”
Statements like this riddled my timelines since Prince suddenly passed away on Thursday. The man, the myth, the legend was revered by his fans through all social media outlets, with even Google commemorating the Artist with a Purple Rain theme on their home page .
As we try to wrap our heads around the fact that one of the greatest, and most ethereal entertainers of our time is no longer on this earth, let’s acknowledge the sheer influence this man has had on music as a whole. Literally hundreds of songs sampled Prince’s colossal body of work.
At this point, it’s likely we ran through our own personal favorite Prince songs dozens of times, so below are just a few jams that borrowed from his genius.
“Safe + Sound” – DJ Quik (1995)
Prince was one funky muthafucka, and this G-Funk classic just couldn’t go without borrowing the melodic synths from “I Wanna Be Your Lover”. You can spot this sample after a few bars into the song.
“Until The End of Time” – Justin Timberlake (2006)
Producer, Timbaland, did his thing on this track. The sample is almost unrecognizable as the “Raspberry Beret” track is slowed down to a snails pace. But listen closely and you can identify the percussion, synths, and claps at the beginning of the song.
“One In A Million (remix)” – DVSN (2016)
This remix/mash-up was released just a few weeks before Prince’s untimely passing. A brilliant blend of the late Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” vocals, draped over the haunting instrumentation of “Purple Rain” is a mash made in musical heaven, and one you can loop endlessly.
Rest In Peace to the one and only Prince.