Prince: Da Bourgeoisie

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Posted November 20, 2013 by in Funk

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4/ 5

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Genre: Funk, r&b
 
Producer: Prince
 
Writer: Prince
 
Label: Purple Music
 
Format: Streaming, digital download
 
Release Date: 18 November 2013
 

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Big on retro funk and band jamming. Nice dose of light humor
 

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Unfortunately, Prince gives away the good stuff for free.
 

The Purple One’s social media experimenting seems to be working wonders on his musical craft – “Da Bourgeoisie” is a good example of that

by J Matthew Cobb
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The Purple One’s social media experimenting seems to be working wonders on his musical craft – “Da Bourgeoisie” is a good example of that

First the Purple One barked profusely about the evils of the Internet; now he seems to be compromising those standards with his compulsion to upload new studio jams for the entire virtual world to hear (check “Breakfast Can Wait,” 3rd Eye Girl’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Rock and Roll Love Affair”). But Prince is a genius (yeah, Kanye West, you’re not alone) that oftentimes acts like a jack of all trades, master of none. But one subject he excels very well in (and knows it) is funkology. On “Da Bourgeoisie,” Prince digs deep into Parliament/Funkadelic nostalgia using a looped groove that feels like some precursor to “Everything Is On the One” or the first half of “Mothership Connection.” The meat inside the lyrics seems to be marinated in a totally different funk; something resembling an inebriated pity-party. He’s pouting over a woman he’s lost to another woman. “I guess a man’s only good for a rainy day,” he sings with a long-faced defeatist attitude.

With this adventure, Prince doesn’t want his fans to start writing him off. He posted it for free via Twitter and its on heavy display at Soundcloud, so much of the song’s dollar value has already been drained by the torrent galaxy. But even with the laughable sad story attached (“just another bearded lady at the cabaret,” he chants towards the end), “Da Bourgeoisie” proudly showcases Prince’s superpowers in the tech-driven 21st century. Just when the critics thought that his better days were all behind him, he steps out and proves us wrong.

 

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PRINCE | DA BOURGEOISIE

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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