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funkbabyandthe
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princes sparsest songs

Was thinking what my ideal version of what princes response to hip hop would really be (been listening to old rap lately while thinking of sott) and I think an album of really sparse songs would be perfect.. if you were listening to mid to late 80s rap, it was usually very bare bones in arrangement. Prince often though couldnt help adding more and more sometimes, esp as he went into the 90s.

I think an album like this would look something like-
Sign o the times
Kiss
Big tall wall (the second version)
Forever in my life

What else?
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Reply #1 posted 10/04/20 10:28am

jazzz

The mother of all minimalist Prince songs:
When Doves Cry
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Reply #2 posted 10/04/20 10:34am

TrivialPursuit

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Others Here With Us

Solo

Annie Christian

Tambourine (not much to it besides his voice, drums, and a bass)

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #3 posted 10/04/20 2:16pm

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Purple Music
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Breakfast Can Wait
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Sticky Like Glue
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Reply #4 posted 10/04/20 2:22pm

jdcxc

For You...but amazingly complex vocal arrangement

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Reply #5 posted 10/04/20 4:08pm

TrivialPursuit

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jdcxc said:

For You...but amazingly complex vocal arrangement


And on that tip, "An Honest Man."

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #6 posted 10/04/20 4:09pm

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'A Bridge of Graffiti' is vary sparse...but for some reason, we can't talk about it.

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Reply #7 posted 10/04/20 4:14pm

LoveGalore

SquirrelMeat said:

'A Bridge of Graffiti' is vary sparse...but for some reason, we can't talk about it.



I thought I was going nuts. Can the fandom ever get transparency ever? Ffs
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Reply #8 posted 10/04/20 4:22pm

lustmealways

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TO EVERYONE READING:

this morning a NEW SONG LEAKED called "Bridge of Graffiti" or something like that. there was a big thread regarding this NEW LEAK but the thread has been pulled.

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Reply #9 posted 10/04/20 4:26pm

purplepolitici
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I'm so low, the curb looks like a skyscraper...
For all time I am with you, you are with me.
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Reply #10 posted 10/04/20 4:53pm

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lustmealways said:

TO EVERYONE READING:

this morning a NEW SONG LEAKED called "Bridge of Graffiti" or something like that. there was a big thread regarding this NEW LEAK but the thread has been pulled.

Did someone insult someone? Why would it get pulled?

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Reply #11 posted 10/04/20 4:56pm

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ufoclub said:

lustmealways said:

TO EVERYONE READING:

this morning a NEW SONG LEAKED called "Bridge of Graffiti" or something like that. there was a big thread regarding this NEW LEAK but the thread has been pulled.

Did someone insult someone? Why would it get pulled?

two threads about it have been pulled. to be fair, the 2nd one had a youtube link but that easily could've been edited out out as opposed to pulling the whole thing. the first one i don't think broke any rules at all, unless there was something i didn't read prior to it getting pulled.

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Reply #12 posted 10/04/20 5:42pm

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Black Album beats are very hip-hop inspired, he just happens to be making fun of/deriding hip-hop over them....


"Bob George", "Dead on It". Totally legit as just beats.

[Edited 10/4/20 17:42pm]

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Reply #13 posted 10/04/20 11:27pm

TrivialPursuit

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SquirrelMeat said:

'A Bridge of Graffiti' is vary sparse...but for some reason, we can't talk about it.


Right? What was that all about?! Since when can we not discuss something? Goddamn, it's free speech, a human right.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #14 posted 10/05/20 12:18am

Nikkie

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Black Sweat! Raw sparse funk!

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Reply #15 posted 10/05/20 3:30am

herb4

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Had U

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Reply #16 posted 10/05/20 4:42am

imprimis

Crystal Ball

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Reply #17 posted 10/05/20 5:20am

LoveGalore

TrivialPursuit said:



SquirrelMeat said:


'A Bridge of Graffiti' is vary sparse...but for some reason, we can't talk about it.




Right? What was that all about?! Since when can we not discuss something? Goddamn, it's free speech, a human right.



There's that one thread in site discussion that says Freedom of Speech is not guaranteed here and I believe it.

Though the lack of any sort of mentions about this stuff is just wack af.

Same thing happened last year when 1999 SDE leaked and we weren't allowed to talk about it until it released. LOL.

We're still under the same restrictions for over a decade? As if the estate cares about this stuff as much as P did?
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Reply #18 posted 10/05/20 5:30am

funkbabyandthe
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WhisperingDandelions said:

Black Album beats are very hip-hop inspired, he just happens to be making fun of/deriding hip-hop over them....


"Bob George", "Dead on It". Totally legit as just beats.

[Edited 10/4/20 17:42pm]

dead on it actually kind of sucks once you listen to the lyrics. just embarassing. but the beat and the guitar are great. bob george is also excellent. like prince doing gangsta rap.

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Reply #19 posted 10/05/20 2:15pm

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I think I have a different defintition of "sparse" than you do. All the ones I think of fall in the "so basic they're barely songs" category so my mind goes to stuff like:

Solo

Orgasm

Papa

Wedding Feast

I'd forgotten how many tracks on Come are barely even songs. Which is a shame because most of the songs that ARE there are really good.

...

But you seem to be looking for fully realized tracks that are undercooked and raw. Like David Byrne doing Psycho Killer in the Stop Making Sense movie. YEa?

Someone brought up Bob George. That's a good one.

Lemme think...

Don't Play Me, Here on Earth (ONA Piano), Do U Lie, Walk Don't Walk



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Reply #20 posted 10/05/20 3:43pm

ufoclub

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I Wonder

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Reply #21 posted 10/05/20 4:26pm

HamsterHuey

purplepolitician said:

I'm so low, the curb looks like a skyscraper...

One of my favest Prince songs everrrrr; often, Prince would come up with the best stuff in his career when he teamed up with other people, we have Power Fantastic as another example.

But this, the way he uses his voice as an instrument; hauntingly beautiful, at least, to me. I hear it's a no-no to many other peeps. Personally, I wish Prince and David Henry Hwang had done more of this.

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Reply #22 posted 10/13/20 4:57pm

slyjackson

WDC, Forever In My Life and SOTT

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Reply #23 posted 10/13/20 7:07pm

billymeade

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It

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Reply #24 posted 10/14/20 1:34am

robertgeorge

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Slave

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Reply #25 posted 10/14/20 6:03am

mtlfan

Dirty Mind deserves mention, perhaps as a stand-in for the whole album. Keys, guitar, bass, drums, a couple vocal layers. I'm no expert but I'm guessing it could fit on an 8 track.

"Let's Pretend We're Married" might have some bass on it but it sounds like a LINN, synths, and vocal layers to me. More minimal than some of what is mentioned above.

Not as minimal as some of the entries mentioned above, but I Wonder U and Kiss.

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Reply #26 posted 10/14/20 6:15am

emesem

Slave which of course is a sonic sibling to Big Tall Wall 2

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Reply #27 posted 10/15/20 1:34pm

SimonCharles

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Sex - Scandalous Sex Suite.

Words are like shoes...
Try my shoes on...
https://simoncwilliamsblo...press.com/
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Reply #28 posted 10/16/20 8:51am

rednblue

herb4 said:

I think I have a different defintition of "sparse" than you do. All the ones I think of fall in the "so basic they're barely songs" category so my mind goes to stuff like:

Solo

Orgasm

Papa

Wedding Feast

I'd forgotten how many tracks on Come are barely even songs. Which is a shame because most of the songs that ARE there are really good.

...

But you seem to be looking for fully realized tracks that are undercooked and raw. Like David Byrne doing Psycho Killer in the Stop Making Sense movie. YEa?

Someone brought up Bob George. That's a good one.

Lemme think...

Don't Play Me, Here on Earth (ONA Piano), Do U Lie, Walk Don't Walk




Was thinking along the same lines with the thread title. Solo and the like were first to come to mind. Also some on One Nite Alone.

So agree, Herb4. You had me at Had U.



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Reply #29 posted 10/16/20 9:02am

rednblue

funkbabyandthebabysitters said:

Was thinking what my ideal version of what princes response to hip hop would really be (been listening to old rap lately while thinking of sott) and I think an album of really sparse songs would be perfect.. if you were listening to mid to late 80s rap, it was usually very bare bones in arrangement. Prince often though couldnt help adding more and more sometimes, esp as he went into the 90s. I think an album like this would look something like- Sign o the times Kiss Big tall wall (the second version) Forever in my life What else?


Thank you for this thread!

Been thinking about this since Astasheiks posted that fun gift/talent thread, and the thread headed to hip hop talk.

Some of the first "sparse" things that popped into my mind might not be hip hop material. I dunno. What do you think of the One Nite Alone album, both related to this and in general?

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