Princeâ€™s new album â€œWelcome 2 Americaâ€ was recorded in 2010 â€” but it sure sounds like a sign of these times.
â€œWith the album coming out now, itâ€™s almost like what everyone needs to hear,â€ said Tal Wilkenfeld, who played bass during the March and April 2010 recording sessions.
Liv Warfield â€” another NPG background singer who lent her voice to â€œWelcome 2 Americaâ€ â€” said that Princeâ€™s must-get message is to â€œwake up to everything around you.â€?
â€œI remember him saying, â€˜Man, itâ€™s feeling like the â€™60s all over again,â€™ â€ said Warfield.
As for why Prince didnâ€™t release this protest music years ago, Warfield said, â€œI donâ€™t think people were ready
While â€œWelcome 2 Americaâ€ deals with some serious social issues â€” racial and beyond â€” making the album was funky fun
It was like, â€˜I want your voice on my record,â€™ â€ said Wilkenfeld
Having â€œWelcome 2 Americaâ€ come out five years after Princeâ€™s death is bittersweet for Wilkenfeld: â€œI just wish he was here, you know