For the first time since Prince's unexpected death in 2016, a new album will see the light of day. On July 30, Legacy Recordings will release a completed yet never-before-heard Prince album called Welcome 2 America.
Recorded in 2010, the 12-track LP “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,” according to a press release.
Prince’s vault at Paisley Park, his studio complex outside of Minneapolis, is thought to contain hundreds — potentially thousands — of hours of unreleased material. Since his death, the estate has focused on rereleasing some of the biggest albums of Prince’s career, like 1999 and Sign o’ the Times. Welcome 2 America is the first new album to be posthumously dropped.
A deluxe edition of Welcome 2 America will contain a concert film shot in 2011 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The press release for the album includes a Prince quote from 2010 written in his trademark style: “The world is fraught with misin4mation. George Orwell’s vision of the future is here. We need 2 remain steadfast in faith in the trying times ahead.”
From 2010 to 2012, Prince played over 80 concerts on a tour of the same name, but never explained why he shelved his Welcome 2 America album. Songs from the unreleased project include “Running Game (Son of a Slave Master),” “Born 2 Die,” and “One Day We Will All B Free.” You can pre-order the new album here.
Listen to the title track below.
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