Sporting a Jimi Hendrix afro, 70’s inspired clothes, and signature guitar, iconic musician Prince is no stranger to changing his image or exploring new genres of music. The eclectic singer has gone through more name changes than a West Hollywood gold-digger and has produced some of the generation’s biggest hits for a wide variety of musicians. In recent news, Prince has decided to add rapper to his list of characteristics with his latest collaboration with crossover British crooner Rita Ora. Their latest joint effort, yet untitled, finds the Hall of Famer taking on a new persona as rap artist for a new generation of fans.
Sitting down with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for a candid interview, Prince admitted that he was working on a new album. Speaking openly about the slow-moving process of putting out a new project because of getting in-touch with record label executives, Prince is eager to release the project as a whole album rather than just singles. The one mentioned track that he was most worried about releasing in a quick time frame was a menacing and aggressive rap with R&B/pop sensation Rita Ora.
Following his collaboration with New Girl star Zoey Deschannel, this new rap tune is another surprise single with a beautiful songstress. The two musicians reportedly have worked together on several different collaborations. According to Rita Ora, she flew out to Prince’s legendary Paisley Park studio and spent a week recording new material. One of the several tracks is also featured in an ad-campaign for her Roberto Cavalli’s Autumn/Winter 2015 photo shoot. Although the Roc Nation singer has worked with Diplo, Dj Mustard, Macklemore, and more, she credits these collaborations as the greatest moment ever. The upbeat and romantic single The Single Most Amazing is a smooth number penned by Prince and finds Ora’s vocals being the focal point with an old school, lounge production.
Never would a fan expect Rita Ora to be the backdrop to a Prince rap. Never did anyone suspect that Prince would become a rapper, but it is definitely intriguing to hear what he has to bring. Prince is no stranger to pushing the limits and doing the unexpected in music, fashion, high-profiled romances, and performances. This may be the first time that the artist formerly known as has announced making a rap track, but he is no stranger to putting his lyrical prowess to the test.
Although some fans may be too young to remember, but Prince has dabbled in the hip-hop genre before. His use of funk, rock n roll, pop, and R&B draws direct inspiration from the greats of the past, like James Brown and Al Green. Both of these legends have contributed to the formation and development of hip-hop as an art and culture. Fans got a little taste of Prince’s skills on the mic on his 11th studio album and motion picture soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Batman. Tracks like Vicki is Waiting, Partyman and dark, yet, party-tune BatDance. It was only a matter of time before the rocker decided to return to the genre and embrace his inner rap star. If many unexpected artists have done it before, there is no reason why Prince’s attempt will not be as electric and intriguing as his other ventures into music.
By Tyler Cole