2 Nigs United 4 West Compton

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2 Nigs United 4 West Compton

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from the album “The Black Album”

Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 22 November 1994 - “The Black Album” album
Album(s): “The Black Album”

One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

2 Nigs United 4 West Compton is the seventh song on Prince’s sixteenth album “The Black Album” (originally planned for release as his tenth album, albeit with no artist credit).

In 2002, a live version (almost completely different from the original) was included as the fourth track on the live release One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over.

Basic tracking took place on 7 December 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California, as an untitled jam with Sheila E. following the recording of Walkin’ In Glory.

After mixing part of the still untitled jam into Walkin’ In Glory, Prince further developed the song, mixing and overdubbing it two days later, at which time Sheila E. came up with a title for it.

Along with Bob George and Le Grind, the jam was recorded for a birthday party Prince was hosting for Sheila E. on 11 December 1986.

As the song’s original recording predates Cat starting to work with Prince, it is assumed that her voice in the intro, as well as the male voices (likely those of Greg Brooks and Wally Safford) were recorded later, likely in an October 1987 session when Prince finished off work on what was to be “The Black Album”.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
7 December 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Basic tracking
9 December 1986 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubbing, mixing
Early October 1987 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Overdubs / additional recording (assumed)
Recording Personnel

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
2 Nigs United 4 West Compton 7:00 “The Black Album” Studio
2 Nigs United 4 West Compton 6:14 One Nite Alone... The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over Live 20 April 2002 (a.m.), The Highlands Hollywood, Hollywood, CA, USA


Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
untitled jam studio version before overdubs
2 Nigs United 4 West Compton studio version without spoken intro
 
Additional Information

See also Trivia


References
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