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.