remember when prince wrote a song called 'donald trump (black version)'?

Penned for funk/soul group The Time in the 80s, it has to be heard to be believed.

by Hannah Ongley
22 April 2016, 5:35pm

As well as recording an entire studio album for basically every year of his career, and playing nearly all the instruments on the first five of them, prolific late legend Prince also wrote a number of tracks for other musicians. One of those tracks was a song called "Donald Trump (Black Version)," performed by funk/soul group The Time, reports Buzzfeed. The group was closely associated with Prince, and potentially the most successful act to have ever recorded with him. The song... well, check out these sample lyrics: 

"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."

In his 2012 book Prince: The Man and His Music, Buzzfeed notes, Prince biographer Matt Thorne wrote that "Donald Trump (Black Version)" continues the theme of a black rewrite of Wall Street. It's certainly a more ambiguous message than Tupac Shakur's 1992 rally against the greed-driven GOP frontrunner — also well worth a listen — but is no less intriguing. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Image via Flickr Creative Commons

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