Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, I hit yo ass with another funky design.

This opening line alone perfectly sums up the music industry. When Prince drops a new track, all other artists need to take shelter. Even though he isn’t receiving recognition through award shows like he deserves, the six albums (Art Official Age, Plectrum Electrum, HitNRun Phase One, Back In Time, Oui Can Luv, HitNRun Phase Two) Prince has put out in the last 15 months are better than most current artists can ever aspire to release.

You’re still a rookie, see? Kickin’ it with the grown folks in the wrong key. Honey, please.

Throughout this jam, Prince sings in an almost comical voice, taunting other musicians by showing them that he can goof around and it will still be funkier than anything they could come up with. He insinuates that some young folks are trying to get famous using music, but they don’t even know their scales.

Your nose’ll know. When it’s all wrinkled then it’s good to go.

Prince repeatedly tells the listener to find someone else that would be willing to teach them about real music, but in the second verse, he offers some of his own advice. The guidance is simple; don’t release something right away just because you can. Instead, “put it in the bank, and let it gain a cent or two until it just stanks and flows.” Young artists should spend more time with their work and really listen to get a feel for when it is truly complete before they release it.

I would be a liar if I didn’t say I wanna take you higher and hip you to the one-eyed bass. Listen to the solo while it pleads my case.

The bass solo in this song is everything. It’s pretty brief but is just long enough to get the point across: Prince is the funkiest man on the planet. The distorted bass underneath adds depth to the song which is one lesson Prince is teaching. The other is, to truly reach your musical potential as an artist, you need to be able to play an instrument. Taking the advice given in this jam will certainly bring an artist to a higher level…but definitely not as high up as the teacher.

You need to find somebody that’ll hip you to the funky design.

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