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Who else could make a lyric that includes a menu rundown — "Grits and gravy, cheese eggs and jam" — sound positively sexy but Prince, who reportedly gave his young collaborator complete artistic and directorial control over the video. He chose her to direct it after being impressed by reading a treatment she sent him for the song.
The track is a pulsing R&B slow-jam filled with rhythmic bumps and pauses as Curiel's mis-en-scene alternates between what looks to be an attempt to prepare a morning-after meal in the kitchen and a tightly choreographed dance number in old brick workout space.
And yes, that's Curiel under the curly wig and painted-on mustache while playing peek-a-boo from behind the neck of a guitar as she serves as stand-in for the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
"Prince wanted this video to be a creative encounter, offering fresh, young talent [the chance] to 'visualize' together," a spokeswoman for Prince told Pop & Hiss. "He approved the treatment, but gave all control to this 18-year-old. There were no managers, agents [or] label people there -- just young talent collaborating for a very unique experience."
Here's the video, which premiered today, Oct. 11, on Vevo and YouTube:
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