Prince's 12 Essential Funk Jams (1995-2010)

Prince at SXSW in 2013

Everyone knows “Kiss”, “Alphabet Street,” and other funky jams Prince created in the ‘80s, but his later albums found the artist celebrating some of the funkiest moments of his career. If you are looking for a place to start on the funk, few tracks top “Black Sweat” and the title track to 2006‘s 3121 album. Anytime you've got Maceo Parker and Candy Dulfer in your horn section, things might get funky. Musicology might also contain some of his funkiest moments of the era, with the title track intentionally beckoning us back to both his earlier hits, and his influences and inspirations. While no album went for a non-stop funkfest, every record of the era seemed to include at least one outright jam, including “Laydown” from his 20Ten album, which contains the immortal line “From the heart of Minnesota / Here comes the Purple Yoda.” With the freedom afforded by his exit from Warner Brothers, Prince was able to pursue many paths during this era, to allow his musical whimsy to take flight, and to create a body of work that we'll be dissecting and debating for years to come.

—Jim McGuinn

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Listen to Prince's 10 Essential Funk Jams (1995-2010) on Purple Current August 24 from noon to 1 p.m. CDT.

  1. 1.
    Prince: Emancipation

    Emancipation

    Prince
    Emancipation
  2. 2.
    Prince: Jam of the Year

    Jam of the Year

    Prince
    Emancipation
  3. 3.
    Prince: Chocolate Box

    Chocolate Box

    Prince
    MPLSound
  4. 4.
    Prince: Chelsea Rodgers

    Chelsea Rodgers

    Prince
    Planet Earth
  5. 5.
    Prince: Days of Wild

    Days of Wild

    Prince
    Crystal Ball
  6. 6.
    Prince: Hot Wit U (feat. Eve)

    Hot Wit U (feat. Eve)

    Prince
    Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
  7. 7.
    Prince: Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

    Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

    Prince
    Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
  8. 8.
    Prince: Musicology

    Musicology

    Prince
    Musicology
  9. 9.
    Prince: Illusion, Coma, Pimp and Circumstance

    Illusion, Coma, Pimp and Circumstance

    Prince
    Musicology
  10. 10.
    Prince: Black Sweat

    Black Sweat

    Prince
    3121
  11. 11.
    Prince: 3121

    3121

    Prince
    3121
  12. 12.
    Prince: Laydown

    Laydown

    Prince
    20Ten

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