Throwback: Chaka Khan-I Feel For You
Chaka Khan was well into her solo career after leaving Rufus when she recorded Prince’s “I Feel For You” for her sixth solo album that took its title from the song. “I Feel For You” was intended for Patrice Rushen but Prince recorded it on his second album. Khan’s version had elements of hip-hop including a sample of Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips” and a rap from Melle Mel. Arif Mardin’s studio mistake with Melle Mel’s vocals created a repetition that made it almost customary to say Chaka Khan’s name three times whenever she was seen in public. The visual had some of the earliest sightings of breakdancers in a music video with the appearances of Shabba Doo, Boogaloo Shrimp, Ana Sànchez and Bruno Falcon from the movie Breakin.’ Prince and Chaka Khan won Grammies for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance Female for Chaka’s version. Khan has owned “I Feel For You” in the same way that Aretha Franklin took “Respect” from Otis Redding and made it a career defining moment.