How Prince Influenced Hip Hop

By Anton Constantinou

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It’s with great sadness that we this week mourn the loss of one of music biggest icons, Prince – a mere 3 months after the passing of David Bowie.

The Purple One was found dead in an elevator at his Minnesota home on Thursday. He was only 57.

A singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, actor and record producer, Prince was more than just an artist, he was an innovator.  Rare is that a musician can cross so many genres seamlessly, but Prince did everything from pop to funk to psychedelia – and masterfully at that. There’s pretty much something for everyone in his back catalogue.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, and an equal number of studio albums to his name, Prince’s legacy tells a story all on its own.  His top hits include, Purple Rain, Gett Off, Girls and Boys and 1999, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

Make no mistake about, Prince was no rapper,  but his music has been sampled by some of the best hip hop stars out there from Tupac Shakur to Kanye West.

Flashing back to an old school classic, here’s Safe and Sound by DJ Quik- which deftly reworks the Prince song, I Wanna Be Your Lover.

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