Le Grind

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Le Grind

from the album “The Black Album”
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 22 November 1994 - “The Black Album” album
Album(s): “The Black Album”
Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Le Grind is the first song on Prince’s sixteenth album “The Black Album” (originally planned for release as his tenth album, albeit with no artist credit).

Basic tracks were recorded on 10 December 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the day after 2 Nigs United 4 West Compton).

The track, along with Bob George and 2 Nigs United 4 West Compton, was recorded for a birthday party Prince was hosting for Sheila E. on 11 December 1986.

It is unclear if Sheila E. participated in this session, but horn overdubs and vocals by Boni Boyer and Cat were added at a later session. The low voiceover at the start of the song, serving as the albums introduction was also added later (starting with "So U found me, good..." and ending with "So come vibe with us / Welcome 2 the Funk Bible / The new testament")

It is known that he completed work on the album in mid October 1987 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is possibly when this part was recorded.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10 December 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking, mix edit
mid-December 1986 Galpin Blvd Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Overdubs / additional recording
18 October 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Overdubs, including horns / additional recording,
Recording Personnel


Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Le Grind 6:44 “The Black Album” Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Le Grind studio version before overdubs by Eric Leeds, Atlanta Bliss, Boni Boyer & Cat
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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