Sexy MF

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"Sexy M.F."
UK 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Love Symbol
B-side "Strollin'"
"Daddy Pop" (UK)
Released June 30, 1992
Format 7" single, 12" single, picture disc, cassette single, CD single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, September 1991–March 1992
Genre Funk
Length 5:25
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince, Levi Seacer, Jr., Tony M.
Producer(s) Prince
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Prince singles chronology
"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
(1992)
"Sexy M.F."
(1992)
"My Name Is Prince"
(1992)
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Thunder"
(1992)
"Sexy M.F."
(1992)
"My Name Is Prince"
(1992)

"Sexy M.F." is a single released on June 30, 1992, by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the Love Symbol album.[1] The B-side was "Strollin'", from the previous year's Diamonds and Pearls. The UK CD single had a third track, "Daddy Pop", also from Diamonds and Pearls. The song (named after the chorus line "You sexy motherfucker") caused some controversy,[2] and an edited version, "Sexy Mutha," was created for radio and the music video, as well as the "clean version" of the U.S. album.

"Sexy M.F." is a merger of "old school" funk with modern R&B music. The song is built around the drums and bass, though the bass-line is somewhat subdued. Added to this is a consistent electric rhythm guitar undertone and horn stabs from the NPG Hornz. Throughout the song, the horns are given the chance to shine, along with a sax solo from Brian Gallagher. Musical solos are also provided by Levi Seacer, Jr. (guitar) and Tommy Barbarella (organ). The music and most of the lyrics were composed by Prince, while Seacer came up with the chorus and the song's title. Tony M. delivers a rap which he wrote. Recently, it has been covered by the Dave Matthews Band as a segue into their hit "Jimi Thing."

The song was recorded in Paisley Park Studios' Studio A. The title line was recited into a Shure SM57 by Levi Seacer, Jr.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was released in an edited version in the U.S., where it peaked at #66 on the Hot 100 chart and #76 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In the UK, the song sold extremely well, peaking at #4 there.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 66
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 76
UK Singles Chart 4
Australian Singles Chart 5

Single formats[edit]

The single was available in multiple formats, including a Love Symbol-shaped vinyl disc. It was also included on The Hits 2, which was also a part of The Hits/The B-Sides. In addition, the "My Name Is Prince" maxi single included a club mix of "Sexy M.F.".

Cover[edit]

Dave Matthews Band have been known to play a rendition of Sexy M.F ("sexy motherfucker shakin that ass" line) during live versions of their song "Jimi Thing".

Bruno Mars covered the song for his Moonshine Jungle Tour.

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