“So Prince said, ‘Oh really? West said, ‘I love my brother Prince, but he’s no Curtis Mayfield,’” Hayes remembered. Photo: Icon and Image/Getty Images

Move over, Lana: “Born 2 Die” is a Prince song now. “Born 2 Die” is five minutes of pure groove — inspired, as is the rest of the album, by early Obama-era politics and the ongoing struggles of Black Americans. It follows previous posthumous projects Piano and a Microphone 1983 and Originals. Cornel West on YouTube, and during one speech, Dr. “He had been watching videos of his friend Dr. Morris Hayes, the New Power Generation member who produced the track, told BBC 6’s Gemma Cairney of the song’s inception. A new song is out from the late rock legend’s never-released album Welcome 2 America, which Prince recorded in 2010. We will see.’” The song is the second off Welcome 2 America after the title track was released in April; the full album comes out of the vault on July 30. Related

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