Prince, America’s finest eminence of funk, has a couple of new albums out now. Kendrick Lamar, L.A.'s uncontested titan of hip-hop, is suspected to have one of his own sooner or later.
At Prince’s dual-LP release party last night in Minneapolis, the two joined up for a high-spirited victory lap onstage.
Lamar hopped on to rap over a relatively deep-cut track from Prince, 1998’s “What’s My Name” (see the video here). The duo’s virtuosic talents were a fine complement to each other, with Prince’s inimitable guitar shredding weaving in and out of Lamar’s quick verses.
To judge by their big grins, it was as much of a delight for them as it was for the crowd.
The set was in celebration of Prince’s new sometimes-brilliant, sometimes-confusing albums “PlectrumElectrum,” with his band 3rdEyeGirl, and “Art Official Age,” a solo album. Lamar, for his part, has returned with a deeply funk-indebted single, “i,” that uses the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” as a foundation for jubilant self-affirmation.
There’s no details on a prospective Lamar LP release date or contents, but if he’s as invested in funk as these recent efforts are suggesting, his next album could be a serious dance floor mover -- and a vouch from Prince is high praise there.
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