Daily Prince 8/31/20: Future Baby Mama

It’s a big week for sexy shit here on Daily Prince. We had “Insatiable.” We had “The Sensual Everafter,” which actually sounds much sexier than it is. Today we get the best song yet in this brief run of baby making jams.

“Future Baby Mama” was recorded in 2006 or early 2007 and was included on Prince’s 2007 album Planet Earth. It was released as the album’s third single and earned Prince the final Grammy award of his lifetime, winning Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. It says something about Prince’s versatility that during the 2000-2010 decade he was nominated for Grammys in Pop, R&B, Rock, and Instrumental categories.

“Future Baby Mama” doesn’t pack the funk or nastiness of Prince’s early stuff. This is grown folks’ music. Just a damn good R&B slow jam with Prince’s silky smooth falsetto on full display. Prince is singing about looking for a partner. Not a one night stand. Someone who could be his future baby mama. Aside from Prince’s vocals and harmonies on this track, my favorite aspect of “Future Baby Mama” is the old school Linn drum sound on the percussion track. Mid-song during the bridge when the melody drops out and it’s just Prince talking you get can appreciate the drum track by itself. It’s a hint of the 1999/Purple Rain era just to remind you whose track it is.

“Future Baby Mama” certainly belongs on the adult contemporary charts more than his “Do Me, Baby” work of the 1980’s, but that’s fair because he was 48 when he recorded it. It’s still as good as damn near any ballad Prince ever recorded and one of his finest pieces of work in the final 20 years of his career. If you dig good R&B music, you’ll love this track.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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