It has been five years since Prince passed away at the age of 57 after suffering an accidental fentanyl overdose. We are still reeling from the loss of what has been one of the greatest artists of our time. Recently, fans have received a chance to stream music from Prince’s vault, including songs like “Born 2 Die” and “Welcome 2 America.”
We all have had the opportunity to listen to Prince’s posthumous album, also titled Welcome 2 America, over the past weekend. The project contains 12 previously unreleased cuts that were all recorded prior to Prince’s popular “Welcome 2” tour from 2010 to 2012. Welcome 2 America contains Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for the future of society, presciently anticipating defiance, disinformation, and renewed racial tensions. Producers and musicians such as Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Coleman, and Morris Hayes all contributed to the creation of the album.
There have been other demo albums released by Prince since his unfortunate transition prior to Welcome 2 America, the demos Piano and a Microphone 1983 and Originals were released last year and this year, respectively. In 2015, a year before his death, he blessed the masses with the first and second phases of HITnRUN.
Earlier this month, it was announced that publishing company Primary Wave has acquired a 42% interest in Prince’s estate, relinquishing control from the estate’s three youngest heirs, Omarr Baker, Tyka Nelson, and late half-brother Alfred Jackson. Upon the estate’s completion of its probate process, Primary Wave will receive the rights to Prince’s publishing, master recording revenue, name, likeness, and brand. For now, Comerica Bank & Trust is handling the estate’s probate. In addition, the estate was billed over $32 million in federal taxes by the Internal Revenue Service.
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.