A previously unreleased Prince song called “Born 2 Die” is here.
The swaggering new track comes packed with Prince’s signature silky vocals and a deep instrumental groove, as Prince delivers lines like, “She left the church a long time ago/ Said they couldn’t teach her what they did not know.” “Born 2 Die” comes from Prince’s forthcoming posthumous album, Welcome 2 America, which is set for release on July 30th.
“Born 2 Die” was recorded during a flurry of studio activity in the spring of 2010, when President Obama was just a year into his first term and Prince was reflecting deeply on the issues affecting the Black community and the role he hoped to play,” a YouTube description reads.
Listen to “Born 2 Die” below.
“We got to ‘Born 2 Die,’ and Prince said, “I’ll tell you how that came about,” music director Morris Hayes explains. “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.'”