Brother With A Purpose (originally titled Tony's Iggnant Mix) is the third track on the maxi-single of New Power Generation, the second Prince single (and fourth single overall) from Prince's twelfth album Graffiti Bridge (Round And Round by Tevin Campbell and Melody Cool by Mavis Staples had also been released). Although largely based around the track New Power Generation, it is considered a separate track and receives its own entry here.
Initial tracking of New Power Generation took place in Autumn-Winter 1989 at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (during the same sessions that produced Round And Round). Additional work was done in September or October, 1990 at Larrabee Sound, Los Angeles, CA, USA, for the maxi-single release, creating Tony's Iggnant Mix (during the same set of sessions as the N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix), T.C.'s Rap, Get Off, The Lubricated Lady, Loveleft, Loveright, a segue later included in the N.P.G. (Funky Weapon Remix), Oobey Doop, Play, Heaven Is Keeping Score, and additional recording on My Tree and A Positive Place). It was included as the third track on both October, 1990, configurations of the New Power Generation maxi-single, which was worked on further before release. The track was later renamed Brother With A Purpose.
The track is notable as the first released track by Prince to feature Tony M., although he had appeared on the Nude Tour as a member of the New Power Generation band.