Prince’s Long-Lost Album Is Still Relevant

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KEXP DJ and resident Prince expert, DJ Kevin Cole talks about the ethics of releasing an album following an artist’s death and discusses the themes on the record.


 
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A Prince album recorded in 2010 called Welcome 2 America was recently released. KEXP DJ and resident Prince expert, DJ Kevin Cole talks about the ethics of releasing an album following an artist’s death and discusses the themes on the record.  

“What struck me about listening to Welcome 2 America, here’s an album that Prince recorded 12 years ago, it’s been in the vault since then and the themes that he addressed are as relevant and as important as they were when he recorded it 12 years ago. In fact, some of it is eerily foreshadowing a lot of what went down last year in 2020 — the political division, the use of the internet and social media for disinformation, sexism and racism. That blew me away, how relevant it is now,” Cole says.  

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