Prince Wanted to Do a Song w/ dead prez Called "Dear Mr. President"
Noreaga might have just dropped the interview of the year.
Right off the bat, one of the most interesting tidbits to come out of this interview is the fact that dead prez was this close to doing a song with Prince. M-1 said that Prince asked the duo to collaborate on a song together. Not only that, but the song already had a title:
We spoke about it right there and it was a record called “Dear Mr. President.” It doesn’t exist, but I regret that it doesn’t exist because it could exist. We could’ve followed up and we could’ve made it happen. And he was very clear about what it was he wanted from us.
What made things more interesting is the fact that Prince didn’t want the duo to be too explicit on the track:
He’s like: “I’m a Jehovah’s Witness, I don’t want you to curse on the record,” which is ill because I came up to a nasty Prince. So it was like, “Wow, OK, he wants us to do a song about ‘Dear Mr. President,’ but he don’t want us to curse.” He said, “I don’t want you to be soft. I like Common, but I like y’all because what y’all do, so I want y’all to do that. Give me dead prez, don’t give me Common.” He was like “be raw” and he was specific about that.
Man, what could have been.
Other interesting things revealed during their two hour convo: Kanye West and Juicy J both produced remixes of dead prez’s classic “Hip Hop;” Talib Kweli smoked weed with The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac; Russell Simmons didn’t sign dead prez because he thought that the duo was “too violent;” and so much more.
Check out the entire interview below.