Prince's 15 Best Post-Eighties Deep Cuts

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

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"Somebody's Somebody"

Emancipation, 1996

A field recording of falling rain opens this Quiet Storm slow jam, one of Prince's all-time smoothest numbers. On it, he even deploys a faux sitar twang right out of Peaches & Herb's "Reunited" for extra soft soul vibes. The song finds the singer restless at 2 a.m., waiting to rendezvous with an illicit lover, seeking another form of emancipation: not from his record label (he'd escaped from his Warner Brothers contract earlier that year), but from a loveless relationship. 

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