BY MS. BENZO • APRIL 18, 2019
As the third anniversary of Prince’s passing approaches (April 21), the Purple One’s legacy continues to be celebrated across genres. He had jam sessions with some of the elites in modern music, especially within Hip-Hop. He reportedly ministered to Talib Kweli while partying at an L.A. club. He played uncredited keys on a Mobb Deep song. He hosted the Soulquarians at Paisley Park during the recording of Common’s Electric Circus, apart from maintaining a strong bond with The Roots’ Questlove.
This month, The Neptunes and Q-Tip remix to Prince’s “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” formally came to the digital world. The original track was released in October of 1999 while Prince was performing under the “Love Symbol” moniker. It was the first single on his 23rd album, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, which also involved Public Enemy’s Chuck D. With the reworked production by The Neptunes and added verses from Q-Tip, this was the first appearance of The Abstract and the Clones on a Prince-related recording. The updated cut was reportedly recorded at Paisley Park, but was only made available on 12” vinyl. During this time, a newly-solo Tip released the gold-certified Amplified. This was also during the same period that Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were making hits with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Kelis, and N.O.R.E. Close to 20 years later, this remix is the latest relic coming out of the archives for all to enjoy—and it’s right on time.