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Purple Reign: 10 R&B & Rap Tracks That Sample Prince

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Prince performs at the 10th Anniversary Essence Music Festival at the Superdome on July 2, 2004 in New Orleans. 

Prince's prolific catalog (he released 39 studio albums over the course of his 35-plus-year career) not only cemented his place among music's top tier of VIPs, but fragments of the Purple One have spilled over into many artists' creations.

After Prince was found dead Thursday morning at his home and studio in Paisley Park, Minneapolis, Billboard revisited some well-known and under-the-radar gems from rap and R&B acts that sample the legendary multi-hyphenate. 

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Tupac's "To Live and Die in L.A." sampled Prince's "Do Me, Baby" 

Two late legends meet for 'Pac's dedication to Los Angeles, which fuses the funky backdrop of Prince's sexy offering, from the 1981 Controversy LP.

Justin Timberlake's "Until the End of Time" sampled Prince's "Raspberry Beret" 

The FutureSex/LoveSounds love song finds JT channeling his inspiration and the raspberry-flavored jam.

Jay Z and Pharrell's "Excuse Me Miss" sampled Prince's "Walk Don't Walk" 

The smooth Jay Z and Pharrell collabo takes the jingly melody from Prince and The New Power Generation's toe-tapping number off 1991's Diamonds and Pearls

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Kanye West and Jay Z's "Welcome to the Jungle" sampled Prince's "When We're Dancing Close And Slow"

Fast-forward to 3:41 of the Prince slow jam, and the small riff makes an appearance throughout the beat for The Throne's "Welcome to the Jungle" track from their 2011 joint album Watch the Throne.

Trey Songz's "Yo Side of the Bed" samples Prince's "Purple Rain"

Trigga's heartbreak anthem pulls from Prince's iconic single and title track from 1984's Purple Rain.

Nicki Minaj's "Blow Ya Mind" samples Prince's "Darling Nikki"

Nicki was well on her grind when this braggadocious cut, which nods to Prince's Nikki track, appeared on her Pink Friday debut.

The-Dream's "Fast Car" samples Prince's "Erotic City"

The self-proclaimed radio killa gets funky on his Lovehate car note with the help of the Purple One's sensual track.

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D'Angelo's "Africa" samples Prince's "I Wonder U"

Prince And The Revolution's Parade offering inspires the sounds of D'Angelo's ode to the motherland.

Marsha Ambrosius' "Late Nights & Early Mornings" samples Prince's "The Beautiful Ones"

The songstress' all-nighter gets extended play with Prince's beautiful masterpiece. 

MC Hammer's "Pray" samples Prince's "When Doves Cry"

MC Hammer's #blessed track brings wallflowers to the floor, mixing in Prince's lead single off 1984's Purple Rain.
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