10 Hit Rap Songs That Sampled Music Icon Prince

(AllHipHop News) Over the last four decades, countless Hip Hop artists have tapped into the talent of the incomparable musical icon Prince Rogers Nelson for their own work. The funky, soulful, and vibrant compositions created by Prince served as ideal soundscapes for rappers to spit their lyrics over.

It seems as if everyone from Ultramagnetic MCs (“Poppa Large”) to Nicki Minaj (“Blow Ya Mind”) borrowed musical elements from The Purple One. In celebration of the legendary life of the late Grammy and Oscar winner, AllHipHop.com takes a look back at 10 well known rap songs that sampled Prince’s unforgettable work.

[ALSO READ: The Hip-Hop World Reacts To The Passing Of Prince]

“Eazy-Duz-It” by Eazy-E (1988) – Samples “Let’s Go Crazy” (1984)

“Pray” by MC Hammer (1990) – Samples “When Doves Cry” (1984)

“The Lover In You” by Big Daddy Kane (1991) – Samples “Pop Life” (1985)

“Tennessee” by Arrested Development (1992) – Samples “Alphabet St.” (1988)

“I Get Around” by 2Pac (1993) – Samples “The Ladder” (1985)


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“Safe & Sound” by DJ Quik (1995) – Samples “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (1979)

“To Live & Die in L.A.” by Makaveli (1996) – Samples “Do Me, Baby” (1981)

“’03 Bonnie and Clyde” by Jay Z (2002) – Samples “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (1987)

“Excuse Me Miss” by Jay Z (2002) – Samples “Walk Don’t Walk” (1991)


“Big Brother” by Kanye West (2007) –  Samples “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” (1979)

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