It started many moons ago, the summer of eighth grade, 11 years old, going through life in the hood, I was going through the neighborhood DJ’s crate of music, I stumbled onto what is called Extended or 12” mixes. There was a man in a purple trench coat, red pants, boots, and hair covering one of his eyes. Jacket was sparkling and playing the record inside the sleeve started a whole new world as I listened to “Little Red Corvette,” and 12 minutes later, I was hooked!
The drum machine had me mesmerized not only by the precision of the counts, but the sounds that it made. From that moment on, I knew this was I wanted to do. The song titles, the photos and the album cover, at a young mind, had me thinking about who this is and what will be.
The very first track that caught my attention was “Something in the Water Does Not Compute.” Next it was “Lady Cab Driver.” Funky bass lines, layered keys, and the almighty Lin drum machine. “All the Critics Love You in New York” would get ya thinking is that how that city perceives you as an artist?
As we all know at that age, girls come into play, being said, which “Delirious,” “Let’s Pretend We’re Married,” and “International Lover began” the foundation of my fatherless upbringing. This 1999 time capsule was an imagination creator, and lessons taught in a world of mystery, sex and music, better known as “D.M.S.R.”
The way the signs of the time were unleashing, Prince had a way to connect with those with an open mind and view on life, which allowed the music, Prince’s masterpieces, to tell a story without giving it an end, to allow the listeners choose their outcome. So in touch with God and the political world around him, Prince took it upon himself, not only as an angel’s soul, but as a man opening new ways to get the world to know, everything glitters ain’t gold.
In conclusion, “Free” off the album goes a lot deeper than what most average music listener would hear. If you knew and followed Prince, he was about 2ruth, love, and compassion. Prince understood the methods of taking on corporations, and labels after the Controversy album, which that one leaned heavy on anti-war beliefs and political corruptions, make love not war so to speak.
© 2017 PÜ