Letitgo is the ninth track on Prince’s fifteenth album Come, and, a week before the album’s release, Letitgo was released as the album’s first single, released worldwide.
In 2001, a 1995 live version was released as part of NPG Music Club Edition # 2.
In 2005, the same live version was included on the Live From Paisley Park download EP.
Basic tracks were recorded on 16 March 1994 at Paisley Park Studios (hours before premiering studio versions of Hate U, Billy Jack Bitch, Now, Days Of Wild and a remix of Pope at a party at Glam Slam in Minneapolis, Minnesota), five days after delivering the original configuration of the Come album to Warner Bros.
Although credited to Prince (along with the rest of the album, which was recorded prior to the name change), Letitgo was recorded eight months after Prince began using the name .
The album version’s opening ("Ready or not, here I come") is sampled from the unreleased Vanity 6 track Vibrator, although actually extracted from Poem, which was divided up throughout the album as segues (culminating in the final track, Orgasm).
Recording dates and studio details are not known for the remixes, which did not contain any new input by Prince. For some unknown reason, the maxi-single contains two remixes with slightly different names and durations (Caviar Radio Edit and Cavi 'Street Edit), but these two versions are identical. The Caviar Radio Edit and its variants were remixed by Q.D. III, son of famed producer Quincy Jones.
Of note, though, is that the Sherm Stick Edit and the (-) Sherm Stick Edit are both based around looped samples of The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (uncredited), which can be heard throughout the song.