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Hear the previously unreleased Prince song “Born 2 Die”

The track is set to appear on the late icon’s first posthumous studio LP, Welcome 2 America.

June 03, 2021

Another previously unreleased Prince song, "Born 2 Die," dropped on Thursday. The track is set to appear on the late icon's upcoming posthumous release, Welcome 2 America, dropping later this summer. The song was reportedly recorded back in 2010 in response to Dr. Cornel West saying Prince was "no Curtis Mayfield," according to the Prince's musical director Morris Hayes.

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"[Prince] had been watching videos of his friend Dr. Cornel West on YouTube,” Hayes is quoted as saying in the song's press release. “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.’” The upcoming 23-track album will serve as the first complete studio LP to be released from the artists' infamous vault since he died in 2016.

Welcome 2 America drops July 30.

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Listen to the song above.

Thumbnail image by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images

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Hear the previously unreleased Prince song “Born 2 Die”