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Prince Releases His Latest Track, "HARDROCKLOVER" | AUDIO

The singer-guitarist takes his shots at modern R&B as he expresses his dedication to rock.
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By Christopher Scapelliti

Prince has just dropped his latest song, “HARDROCKLOVER,” and you can hear it right here.

The track opens with an ambient vibe as Prince describes a party that’s just not happening until a woman walks in: “She walked into the party and told me to live up to her dreams. We got to get it started. Turn my guitar up so I can make this woman scream!”

At which point, the song takes off as Prince cuts loose on his ax. He plays some especially tasty funk fills from around the 2:20 mark onward.

Along the way, he takes a few shots at pop music—“Sade and Babyface, R&B ain’t got no place”—before making the rock ’n’ roll declaration, “Put some hard rock on, you better cover your ears ’cause you’re about to hear a woman just scream!”

The track is the singer-guitarist’s third standalone track this year, and is a collaboration with 3rdEyeGirl, his backing group. In March, Prince released “What If?”, his remake of a Christian song by Nichole Nordeman. In May he issued “Baltimore,” his pop-rock protest cut made in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death.

Check out “HARDROCKLOVER” below.