Sticky Wicked is the fifth track on Chaka Khan’s eighth solo studio album CK. The track was written, produced and largely performed by Prince, marking his first contribution to studio work by Chaka Khan. In 2011, it was included as the seventh track on the fifth and final disc of the Miles Davis compilation The Warner Years: 1986-1991, due to his appearance on the track.
Basic tracking took place on 11 June 1988 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (two days after recording Pink Cashmere, Pickle and an entirely-unrelated instrumental, initially also called Sticky Wicked, but later released by Eric Leeds as Times Squared, and two days before Eric Leeds recorded overdubs for that same instrumental). Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss recorded horn overdubs onto the track before it was sent to Chaka Khan (specific recording details for their overdubs are not known). Khan then recorded vocal overdubs in June 1988 (studio details are not known, although the album credits list multiple locations for the album’s recording). She then sent the track to Miles Davis, who recorded trumpet and vocal overdubs on 29 June 1988 at The Hit Factory, New York. It was included as the 33rd track on a 2001 6CD configuration of the Warner Bros. compilation of Miles Davis’ work titled The Last Word, but the track was not included on the eventual 2-disc 2010 release, titled Perfect Way.
This is the only released track released during Prince’s lifetime to feature both Prince and Miles Davis (the two had previously collaborated on the track Can I Play With U?, which would be released on the posthumous 2020 Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition). The collaboration did not take place in the studio, however, and Prince himself may not have had any input on Davis’ trumpet work.
Prince would later collaborate with Chaka Khan on the album Come 2 My House and various other studio and live work in 1997-1998.