Mila J has been climbing the latter to stardom for some time now and her hard work is most certainly paying off.
After a couple run-ins with Prince, Mila caught his ear and he decided to use a sample of her track "Blinded" on his recently released "U Know."
During a recent interview with Vibe, Mila broke down Prince's influence on her music and the excitement of being featured on his track.
According to the magazine's site, a 7-year-old Mila appeared in Prince's 1991 video for "Diamonds And Pearls" and his Purple Rain tour was also her first show (so she's told).
"I just know from my parents that that was my first concert because me and my older sister were kids. I was probably under three," she recalls to Vibe. "I probably shouldn't have been there. I'm sure I had earplugs, so I don't remember the experience of the concert but my mom just told me, 'Your first concert was Purple Rain.' I literally grew up with Prince. [His music's] like in my blood."
Today, Prince is making his big comeback and Mila is gearing up to release a major studio album. His new track "U Know" samples Mila from her previous record, Blinded.
"My initial reaction [was] I was completely shocked. I still am," she says about finding out Prince used her music. "Everybody that knows me [knows Prince is] the ultimate artist to me. Like, growing up that's who I listened to. I've always just been obsessed with Prince or any project that he even touches, from Vanity 6 to Apollonia, just everything. It still hasn't really sunken in yet, so I'm still trying to register it."
Mila J's forthcoming EP M.I.L.A. (Made In Los Angeles) drops Sept. 30, coincidentally a day after Prince's double release, Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, on Sept. 29.