Long after his death, Prince and his music will retain their relevance to pop culture — and even, it seems, to political culture.
In 1990, Prince wrote a song for R&B/funk group The Time (also known as the The Original 7ven as well as Morris Day and the Time) that featured a prominent figure in politics today: Donald Trump.
The song’s title: “Donald Trump (Black Version).”
While the love ballad, resurfaced by Buzzfeed on Friday, may not be the classic “Purple Rain” was, it’s certainly a reminder of just how prolific a songwriter Prince was.
Here’s a sampling of the lyrics:
“Honey, baby, you truly know it. (You truly know it.)
You look good. Tryin’ your best to show it.
If I were you, I would. True love and affection.
These are nice (so nice), but when a money man walks in the room, girl,
You look more than twice.
You look once (you look twice). Can I rap to you, sugar, tonight?
Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.
A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.
Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.
A 1990s love affair, the real romance.”
Listen to it here:
The track appeared on The Time’s fourth and final album Pandemonium, released in 1990.
Trump tweeted about Prince’s death early Friday, calling the musician “an amazing talent” and a “wonderful guy”: