21 April 2004

10. ripopgodazippa (from crystal ball compilation (disc 1), 1998, recorded in 1994)
earlier i had said that prince has had difficulties with reggae: if this were his sole representation of the genre, such a statement would be difficult to make. unlike "the sun, the moon, and stars," which i'll get too soon, prince doesn't attempt to toast on "ripopgodazippa." rather, his approach is laidback and relaxed, content to let the groove do much of the work, while he focuses on the finer things, so to speak. (trainspotters will doubtlessly recall "ripopgodazippa" was used, along with the gold experience's "319," in showgirls.)

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