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Livingsingle album.jpg
from the album Living Single

from the album
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Pain single.PNG
single art for Pain
Song details
Performer: Rosie Gaines; Chaka Khan; Prince (credited to Prince and the New Power Generation)
First Released: 30 September 1997 - Living Single album
Album(s): Living Single
Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition
Writer(s): Prince and D. Channsin Berry (incorrectly credited as N. Channison Berry)
Producer(s): Prince; David Gamson
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Pain by Chaka Khan is the fifth track on Living Single, the soundtrack album to the Fox TV series Living Single.

A preliminary version of the song titled Joy And Pain was written by D. Channsin Berry, for a future Rosie Gaines album. When Rosie Gaines joined Prince’s band and work on her Paisley Park Records album commenced, she showed Prince the song. He decided to record it and reworked the lyrics, changing it to Pain. The song was registered twice at the Ascap : as Pain (Non-rap version), credited to Prince and D. Channsin Berry and as Pain (Rap version) credited to Prince, D. Channsin Berry and Monie Love (for unknown reason, the song was registered at the Library Of Congress in April 1993 as being written by Prince, Rosie Gaines and Monie Love).

Prince’s take on the track was recorded on 6 July 1990 at Metropolis Studios in London, England (on the same day as My Tender Heart and Streetwalker). Its copyright at ASCAP seems to suggest Monie Love recorded a rap on it, likely in 1991 or 1992, when she was contacted by Prince to work on Carmen Electra’s album. Even when it was potentially considered for Rosie Gaines, Prince recorded his own lead vocal on it as well.

Pain was included as the fifth track on the 16 September 1993 configuration of Rosie GainesConcrete Jungle, but was removed for later configurations. It was also included as the b-side on a planned single of My Tender Heart, where the writer’s credit was shared with Monie Love. Prince’s and Gaines’s versions both contain lyrics (on the break before the bridge) that were not kept for Chaka Khan’s version.

Specific recording dates for Chaka Khan’s version are not known, but the track, produced by David Gamson, was recorded between 1993 and 1995 at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California, for inclusion on her planned tenth album Dare You To Love Me, which was postponed and finally canceled. Khan’s version of the track features Me’Shell Ndegéocello on bass guitar (who worked with SymbolSmallerBlue.png on two instrumentals - one of which was later re-recorded as Emale), and renowned saxophonist Joshua Redman.

In 2016, the day following Prince’s passing, his version was streamed on Rosie Gaines’s Facebook account. Rosie Gaines’ version was released a few weeks later as a stand-alone track through Amazon, iTunes and CD-Baby.

In 2023 Prince’s version was released in October 2023 as the third track of Vault Tracks part 1, one of the discs with previously unreleased tracks included with the Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
6 July 1990 Metropolis Studios,
London, England
Tracking (Rosie Gaines version)
July 1990 (assumed) Metropolis Studios,
London, England (or other London studio)
7 January 1992 Record Plant,
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Mix of Prince vocal version
1991-1992 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
overdubs with Monie Love rap
Late 1992 - early 1993 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Trumpet overdubs by Atlanta Bliss
1993-1995 (assumed) Ocean Way Recording,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Chaka Khan re-recording (no Prince input)
Recording Personnel

Chaka Khan version

Rosie Gaines version

Prince version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Pain 5:24 Living Single soundtrack Studio Chaka Khan version
Pain 5:37 Pain single Studio Rosie Gaines version
Pain 5:57 Diamonds And Pearls Super Deluxe Edition Studio Prince version; recorded June 1990

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Pain (Rap version) Studio as the title suggests, this version may contain additional rap lyrics written by Monie Love
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Artwork posted with the 2016 stream of Prince’s version:
Pain FB Artwork.PNG

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