Legendary musician Prince was an intelligent and visionary musician. Prince had a unique style of composing songs and was a very talented and creative artist. Prince did not just compose music for himself but other musicians also got a chance to work with him or cover some of his songs.
Prince's timeless music is still on many of his fans' playlists until this day. Some of the songs he composed for other artists became smash hits and many people don't even know that the Purple One (as he was known) was the one who penned them.
Prince also gave away some of the songs after he recorded them. Briefly.co.za takes a look at five songs, among others, that Prince wrote for other artists by himself or wrote side-by-side with them.
1. I Feel You - Chaka Khan
Prince reportedly penned this classic song as a valentine for his crush, Patrice Rushen. The song was featured on his self-titled album in 1979. The track remained largely untouched until Chaka Khan and producer Arif Mardin took it to new heights.
Far Out magazine reports that the song is full of classic moments, from the voice of Melle Mel serenading Chaka Khan to a harmonica riff from none other than Stevie Wonder.
2. How Come You Don’t Call Me – Alicia Keys
Alicia was only 19 years old at the time she decided to do a remake of this classic by Prince. The song had been covered before when Alicia decided to do her own version of it. She gave Prince a new generation of fans with her smash cover of the track. The original version of the track was dropped in 1982.
3. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
Sinead O’Connor became popular across the world after she gave her beautiful vocals to this song, which had been forgotten at the time. The original version of the song was released in 1985. She took the track five years later and turned it into one of the most-played songs in the 1990s. The singer dedicated the song to her mother.
4. Manic Monday – The Bangles
This song was one of the biggest tracks The Bangles had ever released. It was on high rotation on radio and TV but not many people knew that Prince wrote it. It was The Bangles' first hit and peaked at number two in the US charts, according to Far Out magazine.
5. Yo Mister – Pattie LaBelle
Prince composed this song for Pattie LaBelle, who was a fan of his music, solely for her album titled Be Yourself. He tried his hand at a modern version of swing music. The track is a cautionary tale about father-daughter relationships and how they can go awry and it became one of LaBelle’s highest-charting R&B hits.
In other music news, Briefly.co.za reported that Black Coffee recently took to social media to share that he and US superstars Pharrell Williams and rapper Jozzy have been cooking something in studio.
The world-renowned Mzansi DJ took to Instagram on Monday, 16 November to share that the track will drop "globally" this Friday, 20 November. The Drive hitmaker also told his fans from across the world that he will also reveal some other exciting news about his upcoming album on the day. Coffee shared snaps of him, Pharrell and Jozzy in studio and captioned them:
"It's been an amazing journey on "10 Missed Calls" with Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) + Jozzy (@dopebyaccident)...dropping this Friday, November 20th GLOBALLY with some other exciting album news!"
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that T.I has shared that he believes Kendrick Lamar is the most successful revolutionary rapper alive. The About the Money rapper revealed this during an interview with Ebro Darden on The Ebro Show on Apple Music.
The US rapper and Ebro were chatting about some of the tracks that he included on The Message - a 25-track playlist aiming to celebrate Black solidarity. Kendrick featured multiple times on T.I's list, which then prompted Ebro to ask him about the Grammy Award winning rapper. Ebro asked T.I what does Kendrick mean to him as a fan of hip-hop. T.I replied:
"Present day, I think he's probably the most successful revolutionary rapper alive, you dig? It's hard to sell. It's hard to do good business in the revolutionary category, you know what I mean? It's not easy."
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