Yesterday I had the daunting task of trying to shed some new light and opinion on one of the greatest songs ever written. Today I’m back in my wheelhouse. The deep cuts. Today’s track “Underneath the Cream” comes from Prince’s period of experimental marketing and distribution. The song was recorded in 2000 and included on a single for a song called “Supercute” that was only sold at concerts during his 2001 Hit N Run tour. Then later that year Prince made the song available to members of his online NPG Music Club. In early-2004 Prince gathered up many of the singles from that era and released them as part of collections called The Chocolate Invasion and The Slaughterhouse. In 2015 they were released on Tidal streaming service, and eventually other serviced got rights and now you can hear them pretty much anywhere. Still no vinyl, though…
“Underneath the Cream” can be found on The Chocolate Invasion if you’re looking for it. This song checks a lot of the boxes that are typically related to Prince songs that I don’t like. Prince rapping about sex? Check. Using phrases that make me wince like “between your thighs,” “deep inside your ocean,” and “come into this wet dream eternal?” Check. Yet, I dig this song. I just ignore the lyrics and enjoy the vibe. It’s a super smooth R&B track with Prince doing some layered vocals, part light falsetto and part spoken. The harmonies are beautiful. If you look up the word chill in the dictionary there should be a link to this song next to it.
Prince also included a head-scratching early-2000’s staple to this song: The “turn my headphones up” request. Always enjoyable when we get to find out that an artist’s headphones aren’t at the appropriate level. Shout out to Dave Chappelle. Turn them shits up!
Prince doesn’t bring anything new to the table on “Underneath the Cream” yet I could listen to it on repeat and be completely content. This is some laid back shit. I encourage you to check it out next time you’re chilling with your significant other.