Back in 2014, Prince invited Kendrick Lamar to jam out with him on stage at a special concert to celebrate the release of Art Official Age (with 3RDEYEGIRL) and PlectrumElectrum at the Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. The much talked about performance was never really seen as Prince’s team took down any footage of the performance. But in the wake of The Purple One’s passing, his estate has cleared the video footage for everyone to see. Unfortunately, the two would never formally collaborate although they nearly did on Kendrick Lamar’s “Complexion” off of his Grammy award winning album To Pimp A Butterfly. Check out the performance in the video above.
After 27 years, the unreleased version of Prince’s “Batdance” that features a verse from Big Daddy Kane has finally surfaced.
Producer John Luongo explains why the song never saw the light of day until now.
The whole thing, recording, mix and editing, took a day and a half. But I had a deadline! I remember FedEx was there waiting as I did my best to finish up, so we could make the next plane to rush it over to L.A. and Minnesota to let Warner Bros. and Prince hear what I had done. … And then Warner Bros. said they didn’t like it; it was too different. And that was it. They didn’t release it.
DJ Premier decided to bust out an impromptu one hour session dedicated to the memory of The Purple One. Littered with classics, unreleased demos and more, check out Preemo’s tribute to Prince.
Questlove and his encounters with Prince are legendary. This one is no different. Featuring “Finding Nemo,” Nigerian Afrobeat god Fela Kuti and a hot pink stretch Hummer, this is one of those tales you just have to hear to believe because who else would fire Questlove from a DJing gig and replace him with a Pixar movie?