Prince's 15 Best Post-Eighties Deep Cuts

Cherry-picking the most underappreciated Prince songs of the Nineties and Oughts

"Billy Jack Bitch"

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The Gold Experience, 1995

This wicked slice of funk is a riot of squealing keyboard lines, snarling guitar, cries of "Bitch!" (a looped sample from Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch"), strutting horns and even backing vocals from an uncredited Lenny Kravitz. It's the type of twitchy dance music Prince perfected in the Eighties. Minneapolis gossip columnist Cheryl Johnson suspected the song was directed at her in response to negative articles she'd written. But for all the music's aggression, the lyrics are almost reflective, as Prince wonders: "What misfortune left your heart so broken / U only say / Words intended 2 belittle or dismay?"

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