Prince recently pulled an um… Prince when he invited a contributor from Minneapolis’ Star Tribune to rap about a few things. The tribune’s Jon Bream had the distinct honor of being taken to the Paisley Park compound to listen to some of the purple one’s new funk and discuss a new solo project that had come together recently, totally independent of his anxiously awaited full-length with 3rdEyeGirl Plectrum Electrum. In a true-blue move out of Prince’s Book Of Social Judo, the artist did not even show to the intimate listening party. Rather, he opted to conduct the feedback session via speakerphone, no doubt phoning in from another room in his house.
He went on to speak with Bream about this funkier dolo record, a song with Rita Ora that he’s been dying to unleash, how the release process has been painstakingly slow — particularly when attempting to contact label execs — even with his freshly inked deal with Warner Bros. and how he finds that pace to be indicative of the industry at large. He explained :
“Every No. 1 song, every Top 10 song, every song in the Top 40 is at least six months old, we should be able to make music and put it out now.”
Bream notes that their were at least three exceptional cuts on the new LP, including “The Golden Ring,” which he describes as “percolating electro-funk, an update of classic Prince with a lyric that referenced the notions of ‘wild and rude’ from his previous days”; “This Could Be Us,” a ballad inspired by a meme of him riding his motorcycle with Apollonia in tow from Purple Rain and a “funkier and nastier” rework of his 3rdEyeGirl bopper “FUNK N’ ROLL.” So as always, there’s plenty in the works from the great sage. Head over to Star Tribune for the full script and keep your eyes and ears locked for the latest from his Purple Majesty.