Sexy MF

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"Sexy MF"
UK 7" single
Single by Prince and The New Power Generation
from the album Love Symbol Album
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 and The New Power Generation singles chronology
"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
"Sexy MF"
"My Name Is Prince"
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Sexy MF"
"My Name Is Prince"

"Sexy MF" (also written "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 US album.

"Sexy MF" is a merger of "old school" funk with modern R&B music. The song is built around the drums and bass, though the bassline 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. It has been covered by the Dave Matthews Band as a segue into their song "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 US, where it peaked at number 66 on the Hot 100 chart and number 76 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In the UK, the song sold significantly well, peaking at number 4.

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 MF".

Cover versions[edit]

Dave Matthews Band have been known to play a rendition of "Sexy MF" (specifically the "sexy motherfucker shakin' that ass" line) during live versions of their song "Jimi Thing", then in 2016, after Prince's death, began playing a shortened version of the actual song, segued from Jimi Thing.

Bruno Mars covered the song for his Moonshine Jungle Tour.

Rammstein Guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe sung a lyric of the song during their Festival Tour in 2016.


Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 10
France (SNEP)[6] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 4
US Billboard Hot 100 66
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 76


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