The Daisy Chain was first released as a video as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 2 (see The Daisy Chain for details).
The following month, The Daisy Chain was released as a single by the New Power Generation, sold only at concerts on Prince's Hit N Run Tour, beginning with the 14 April 2001 show at the Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, GA, USA; and during the Celebration week-long festival at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, in 2001. The week following the single first being sold on the tour, the track was included as an mp3 download as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 3. In 2004, the track was included as the tenth and final track on the compilation album The Slaughterhouse (without specific artist credit).
Recording dates are unknown, but the track was tentatively included as the sixth track on the aborted High album, announced by NPGOnlineLtd.com to be complete (in rough form) on 8 August 2000, which would suggest the track was recorded in early-to-mid 2000 (most likely at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota). The track is the earliest-released to feature DVS, who raps on this track.