The Roots to honor Prince at Carnegie: Hip-hop’s 10 best Prince samples

Funk-rock-pop icon Prince will be honored at a March 7 tribute show at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

The legendary musician will be celebrated by hip hop stars The Roots and Talib Kweli, as well as blues-gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and funk-rock band Living Colour.

The tribute is part of Carnegie’s annual fundraiser to keep music programs alive in schools.

“Prince is one of the most prolific songwriters in my collection,” said concert organizer Michael Dorf. “He makes my top 10 when I think about the artists who have truly shaped modern music.”

One under-discussed aspect of Prince’s influence is in the world of hip-hop. Here are 10 examples of classic rap tracks that sampled The Purple One …

–stereo williams

Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.

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