Kendrick Lamar’s standout hit “Alright” was a fan favorite when his album, To Pimp A Butterfly, released earlier this year. From its usage as a chant for protesters to being your own personal anthem, everyone is singing the song’s praises. Now, you can add Prince to that list of the melody’s supporters.
In an interview with Medium, the “Purple Rain” musician discussed his views on artists who continue to elevate the creativeness behind their music, highlighting certain rappers and singers’ genius from Kanye West to Jill Scott to the Compton native.
“He just has something to say,” Prince said about Lamar. “It’s pure. And with Thundercat on the album? Come on. You’re not taking ‘Alright’ off my playlist!” The Minnesota native also traveled back to 2005 to speak on Yeezy’s sample of Ray Charles on his song “Gold Digger.” “The way he made something new with that sample was perfect,” he said. Prince also turned his praises to Jilly from Philly, stating that every song on her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, “was the truth.”
The legendary figure is planning to drop his 38th studio album HITNRUN on Sept. 7, which will be available exclusively through TIDAL. In a statement, Prince explained why he partnered with Jay Z’s new streaming service to rollout his highly-anticipated project.
After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry. Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We’ve grown accustomed 2 and We’re Extremely grateful 4 their generous support. And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster. From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release. If that’s what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like.