The Black Album

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
22 Nov 1994
Running length
8 tracks
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1 Le Grind 6:44 9,841
2 Cindy C. 6:15 8,107
3 Dead on It 4:37 8,176
4 When 2 R in Love 3:59 13,436
5 Bob George 5:36 9,197
6 Superfunkycalifragisexy 5:55 9,183
7 2 Nigs United 4 West Compton 7:01 8,006
8 Rockhard in a Funky Place 4:31 7,880

About this album

The Black Album is the untitled sixteenth studio album by Prince that was released on November 22, 1994 die to a contract dispute
. Just before the album was released to the market in 1987, Prince recalled all copies and abandoned the entire project, leaving roughly 100 European promotional copies in circulation, and several US copies that would be widely bootlegged in the coming years. Several reasons, including speculative ones, have been given as to why the release was derailed:
Prince became convinced that the album was evil or represented an ominous portent.

Prince experienced a crisis of conscience and marketing identity over the eroticism and violence of its lyrics. Warner Bros. Records, his record label, reached the same conclusion
Further evidence that Prince felt the album was a mistake: In his first music video of his next album, “Alphabet St.”, the video can be paused after it shows him holding a cane and the words “Don’t buy The Black Album. I’m sorry” can be read running vertically.

Immediately after the decision to pull the album from stores, it emerged on the streets in bootleg form, arguably becoming popular music’s most legendary bootleg since The Beach Boys aborted 1967 album Smile.[14] Several celebrities, including U2’s frontmen the Edge and Bono, cited it as one of their favorite albums of 1988 (Rolling Stone magazine celebrity poll).
The album was originally planned for release on December 7, 1987, as the follow-up to Sign o’ the Times[1] and was to appear in a entirely black sleeve with no title or even a credit to Prince; hence it was referred to as The Black Album.

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  • WickedProphet

    Great, great album !!! ;) [2]

    21 Mar 11:28pm Reply
  • RxHxBx

    The working title of "The Funk Bible" could have been the final. Brilliant.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • mk741

    Utter crap. Not surprising he apologized for releasing it.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rollinwithbolan


    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Jenny_Babydoll

    Great, great album !!! ;)

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • metawirt2

    A spot of viral marketing before the term became defined. [2] Definitely (one of) his best

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Beatnik24

    "Metalllica ripoff !" Slap yourself two times for being so stupid and publicly embarrassing yourself.

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • silverlage


    24 Aug 2011 Reply
  • danidiamond89

    i dont understand why prince doenst release his things properly but oh well =p there is soo much to choose from in his discography to listen to im not even a quater through it, gonna definalty download this!!! he really underates the people, we all love prince, he could be so much more successful if he did public stuff xxxx

    10 Jul 2010 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Actually, Metallica got their idea from Spinal Tap, not Prince...

    1 Jul 2010 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Pretty sure it was a deliberate ploy. The legend of the Black Album and all that. A spot of viral marketing before the term became defined.

    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mrlee192

    one funked up album. dont get why Prince didnt release this. He could of released it as a double album with Lovesexy. Then he could counter both sides, dark themes, and lighter themes.

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    Was it just a clever bit of marketing, like Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven? Never released as a single but their most popular word of mouth song. I remember when the Black Album was sold from a bootlegger in the Student Union. He told me all this stuff about someone sneaking in and ripping off a bootleg tape. As a fan, I felt like I was one of the cognoscenti, for having it in my collection.

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Metalllica ripoff !

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • photon_man62

    Well, at least there won't be any problems finding the cover.

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • jamierobertward

    Some of his funkiest work.

    10 Mar 2009 Reply
  • stealth909

    Classic Prince at his darkest.

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Haibane

    My favorite Prince album!

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
  • BlackCoffeeDuck

    I love this album! The Best Prince album ever or just the one i like the best!

    21 Sep 2007 Reply
  • jrtibbetts

    Assloads better than the new Chelsea Rodgers!

    26 Jul 2007 Reply
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