Sure, the second song was his typical rolls-royce funk snooze and mostly an excuse for a gratuitous protege plug, but the midnight slot . . . whoa. Some of us have never forgotten that the dude can play guitar. But holy shit: PLEASE let this rocknroll apocalypse be a sign of things to come for the next concert tour, cuz the last one was, like, pretty much a waste of $80. We expect an update shortly with the YouTube links for everyone who missed SNL, but in the meantime, feast on the leaked single from his new album, along with a tune from aforementioned protege. Whatever else anyone wants to say about his return to Interscope and majerz, OTD is rooting for it: NPG clubbers and DJs will tell you that independence did nothing for his club-dropability. On the contrary, DIY seemed to suck him into an uptown-soul coma. With a hefty advance to make back, the suits are at least making him create stuff you could maybe almost play on the radio, which if you're Prince is kind of where you ought to be.
LISTEN: Prince, "Black Sweat" (mp3 via Sinternet) WATCH: Prince, "Black Sweat" (video via YouTube)LISTEN: Tamar, "Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed" (mp3, via Sinternet)
UPDATE: Here we go . . .