Stream Previously Unreleased Prince Track ‘Born 2 Die’

By Scott Bernstein Jun 3, 2021 6:55 am PDT

Legendary musician Prince took a statement from his friend Dr. Cornel West that, “I love my brother Prince, but he’s no Curtis Mayfield” as a challenge. Prince channeled Curtis Mayfield on “Born 2 Die,” a previously unreleased song recorded in the spring of 2010 which is out today ahead of its inclusion on Welcome 2 America.

Welcome 2 America features 12 tracks laid down by Prince at his Paisley Park Studios in 2010 but were never released. The “lost album” arrives through Legacy Recordings on July 30. Sadly, Prince died on April 21, 2016

Prince’s longtime musical director, Morris Hayes, co-produced Welcome 2 America and plays keyboards on some tracks. “Born 2 Die” features contributions from bassist Tal Wilkenfled, drummer Chris Coleman and vocalists Shelby J., Liv Warfield and Elisa Fiorillo. “We got to ‘Born 2 Die,’ and Prince said, ‘I’ll tell you how that came about,'” Hayes recalled. “He had been watching videos of his friend Dr. Cornel West on YouTube, and during one speech Dr. West said, ‘I love my brother Prince, but he’s no Curtis Mayfield.’ So Prince said, ‘Oh really? We will see.'”

Listen to Prince’s “Born 2 Die” below:

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