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Lenny Kravitz: My 5 Favorite Prince Songs

Singer-songwriter picks key tracks by his late idol and mentor

Lenny Kravitz and Prince

Lenny Kravitz and Prince

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From the very first time he heard Prince, as a high schooler in 1979, Lenny Kravitz was a huge fan. "Then he became a mentor," he says. "When he left, a part of me went too." The guitarist, singer and songwriter – who will hit the road for a few dates with his old friends Guns N' Roses in July – spoke to Rolling Stone about the Prince tracks that move him most.

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“Lady Cab Driver”

I love the minimalist quality of this. There's a drum machine going with an overdub of live drums, and real simple synths. It's so funky.

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“Pop Life”

There's funky bass, slamming drums, and the melody is just incredible. This was his sound. He owned the big drum machine. Nobody else could do it.

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