Prince Estate Shares Previously Unreleased ‘Born 2 Die’

Prince‘s Estate has released “Born 2 Die,” the second song from legendary musician’s upcoming posthumous album Welcome 2 America.

The song debuted on BBC 6 Music‘s Breakfast Show on Thursday, June 3, with Prince’s long-time musical director Morris Hayes joining host Gemma Cairney.

“Born 2 Die” was was recorded during a “flurry of studio activity” in the spring of 2010 as Prince reflected on issues facing Black Americans during President Barack Obama’s first term, the artist’s estate said.

“We got to ‘Born 2 Die,’ and Prince said, ‘I’ll tell you how that came about,'” Hayes said on the show. “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.'”

The “Born 2 Die” release follows the title track, which was released along with the announcement that Welcome 2 America will drop on July 30.

Welcome 2 America, which Prince recorded in 2010, features some of the singer’s only studio collaborations with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel.

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