hard to believe its been 30 years that the Late Prince was gonna release this album
which was said to be a return to his funk roots. and it was the start of his music being seen by quite a few people as the start of his decline after being One of the most important Musical artists of the 80’s. this album had a dark tone and feel.
Prince had just released his classic “Sign O the times” however word on the street was that Prince
was getting too Pop and getting ordinary, in other words the Flower Power sounds of “Around the world in a day”Parade” and Parts of”Sign o the times” made Prince seem out of step with what was happening.
Prince at the time was not feeling rap music at all and he dissed it hard on the cut
“dead on it” and the trip out thing is that the beat would have worked with what Run DMC was doing at the time.
Prince was set to put this album out 30 years back and then at the 11nth Hour he changed his mind. now the album eventually came out in 1994 and by that time it felt and sounded dated and didn’t have the same sway as that thought of it being “Bootlegged”
a copy of the album was sold on the warners back lot back in 1991.
and lately copies of the records have been floating again. Prince wanted them all destroyed and they weren’t.
back in the day I had a copy and while the album wasn’t much to me and it felt like a desperate attempt by Prince to appeal, however the underground aspect of the bootlegs
added to Prince’s legacy and his being so Prolific truly added to his legacy in a way that despite all his commerical and artistic success this particular Project did wonders for Prince in a different aspect.
the Hype back in the day for the “Black Album” was serious and the market and the selling for it was no Joke.
i will say that “Bob George” which was a diss at Nelson George the Writer was funny,.
Prince was between Sign o the times and his Lovesexy album dualing with good versus evil which was a recurring theme in his music and like it was part of his musical DNA in so many ways.