*This is a Vinyl LP*
Release Date: 2021
Label: NPG Records
- Welcome 2 America
- Running Game (Son Of A Slave Master)
- Born 2 Die
- 1000 Light Years From Here
- Hot Summer
- Stand Up And B Strong
- Check The Record
- Same Page, Different Book
- When She Comes
- 1010 (Rin Tin Tin)
- One Day We Will All B Free
Recorded by Prince in 2010, never released!
Double LP in gorgeous gatefold packaging, with custom D-side etching!
Five years after Prince’s death, a new album of his previously unreleased music is coming out.
Recorded in the spring of 2010 and then mysteriously abandoned by Prince before its release, the statement album Welcome 2 America documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice. The release announcement was made by The Prince Estate and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
The album features some of Prince’s only studio collaborations with the bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, drummer Chris Coleman, and engineer Jason Agel, with additional contributions from New Power Generation singers Shelby J, Liv Warfield, and Elisa Fiorillo and keyboardist Morris Hayes, who Prince also recruited to co-produce the album.
The vinyl edition has the 12 songs spread across three sides on 2 LPs in gorgeous gatefold packaging, with custom etching on the fourth side.
On the title track “Welcome 2 America,” Prince delivers a powerful and searing spoken-word soliloquy set to music about golden parachutes, the superficial nature of social media, reality TV-fueled celebrity culture, and corporate monopolies in the music industry, ultimately concluding that America is the ‘Land of the free / home of the slave,'” according to a news release.
The iconic artist died in April 2016 after accidentally overdosing on the opioid fentanyl.
Shortly after he completed the 2010 Welcome 2 America album, Prince embarked on a tour of the same name that included multiple performances in several US cities.