If “Acknowledge Me” was released between 1989 and 1992 it probably would’ve been my favorite song at the time. This sounds like a classic Teddy Riley New Jack Swing production. Prince sings a few verses and raps a few verses. This song feels like Bobby Brown’s “Humpin’ Around.” I loved that song in 1992. The problem is, it finally surfaced in 1998 on the Crystal Ball triple album. The song was believed to have been recorded in 1993 but it sat in the vault until Prince pieced together Crystal Ball nearly five years later.
I don’t dislike this song, but I can’t say it’s a standout or that I seek it out. If I’m playing a mix of Prince songs (which I frequently am) I don’t skip it. The one memorable moment is Boni Boyer’s screaming introduction, which is always followed by uproarious laughter from my kids when they hear it. They have pointed out on several occasions that many Prince songs start out with a funny grunt, moan, or scream. See: “Musicology,” “Kiss,” “Sexuality,” and “Slave” to name a few. None of them bring happiness to my kids like “Acknowledge Me.”
Nothing wrong with “Acknowledge Me” but it’s not a standout. If you want to get obscure at a party and spin it, go for it, but I think you’d be better off with “Humpin’ Around.” Bobby was the shit back in the day. I’ll give “Acknowledge Me” 2.5 out of 5 stars.