(This is) What It Feels Like


What it feels like

(Where do we start on this one..?)

Ahem..

With much props to tha True Funk Soldiers at DaBang, I had the fortunate listening Xperience of Prince’s new collabo with Andy Allo in the form of “What it Feels Like“; a 2:58 journey into the metaphysical world of Paisley Park.

Initially, I took the misstep of reading some of the user commentary within the Soundcloud playback platform and happened upon entries like “not much happening in this song- come on, Prince” and “these lyrics are simple and kiddy”.  I had an immediate flashback to tha “grits and gravy, cheese eggs and ham” imagery in “Breakfast Can Wait”.  Now don’t get me wrong – BCW is a jam (no pun intended) but I was somewhat prepared for a prolonged wait for Prince’s return to profound delivery.

The buck stopped here.

This Xperience is surely a room of it’s own within the halls of the Purple Palace, as Prince expounds in nimble deftness, yet within the connotations of current circumstance – our earthly existence and relationship with Love/God as we know it.  It comes complete with biblical reference in the essence of “spreading the Word” and I hope he knows that he’s reached at least one soul with the effort.

This being the case, I can’t say that I’ve been able to put a name to the comfort that I’ve found in this creation, but maybe you can fill in your own blank as to (this) is “What It Feels Likebabe..

with Peace and Love2tha9s-

The Collabo Xperience #3: Lovesexy’s 25th anniversary


Lovesexy 25In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Lovesexy album, the Collabo Xperience comes forth with a special podcast in commemoration of the Purple landmark.

Released in May of 1998, Lovesexy was recorded in a symbolic 7 weeks, reportedly after Prince experienced something of an epiphany upon the Warner Bros. pressing of what was to be “The Funk Bible”; a response to  criticism citing that the Purple One had become too pop oriented.  In direct contrast to The Black Album, Lovesexy was an indeed an antithesis to its predecessor which was recalled only a week before its scheduled release.  Prince went so far as to subliminally apologize for his “negativity” in The Black Album by embedding the split-second message of “DON’T BUY THE BLACK ALBUM.  I’M SORRY” within the Alphabet Street music video; Lovesexy’s first single.

For most Prince fans, the release of Lovesexy itself was a polarizing event.  In full affirmation of Prince’s  Christianity at the time, the album conveyed in no uncertain terms; the theme of Love is GodGod is Love.  (The term here is presented back-to-back without spacing in my interpretation of the “mirrored” or interchangeable value of the statement.)  Prince pulled no punches in expounding upon the contrast between good and evil, or in Purple terms, Lovesexy vs. Spooky Electric.  The message is undoubtedly clear throughout the album, most evident in the opening track of “Eye Know”, “Anna Stesia” and the album’s conclusion of “Positivity”.

Released during the height of Hip Hop and the likes of N.W.A., Public Enemy and Big Daddy Kane, Prince fans came down on both sides of either acceptance of Prince’s embrace of his spirituality or the disenchantment of what was now a Purple pulpit.  For the latter, many of his fan base ran for cover in response to public scorn of the album cover, depicting Prince nude in somewhat feminine fashion.  (Ironically, it was reported that retailers often wrapped the album cover in plain black in order to avoid offending their casual clientele.)  Like me, others I’m sure found themselves in the uncomfortable lurch of having to defend their fandom in light of such a controversial statement from our self proclaimed musical genius.  This surely marked the submergence of the Prince “closet fan”.

The “genius” itself, however – is that the musicality of the album actually served as a perfect conduit for his message.  I’m happy to report that the 25th anniversary of Lovesexy has led me to re-examine the creation and with time comes maturity.  I’ve listened again with new ears and have come away with a greater appreciation to what I believe is Prince’s prophetic expression, and one that his legacy simply cannot do without.

With that, I’ll leave the listener to his or her own personal interpretation but with our podcasting aid which includes live performances and rehearsals of the Lovesexy songs, including a couple of outtakes that were recorded in the same vein but remain unreleased.

Click the picture above for full access to the Collabo Xperience #3, as Silver Tongue of Purple House, Mace2theO of EMF Radio and myself thank you for flying this jam, with both-

Peace and Love2tha9s..

 

Purple Rehearsal Webcast back

Purple Rehearsals (EMF Radio podcast)


2tha9s.com is happy to once again feature the (now) 3rd installment of tha “Fonky Xpedition” that we’ve come to know and love from fellow funk brother Mace2theO of EMF Radio.

Take a minute to review the track listing as offered in the back cover artwork depicted below and then scroll down for Maceo‘s link for the joint “collabo” as presented with both-

Peace and Love2tha9s..

*Prince’s rehearsal cover of Aretha Franklin‘s “Baby, Baby, Baby” is included as a featurette to the jam, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as I do..

 

Without further to do:

PURPLE REHEARSALS via EMF RADIO