Free Urself

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Free Urself

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single art for Free Urself
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 28 September 2015 - Tidal stream

30 September 2015 - Free Urself single download

Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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Free Urself (stylized as FREE URSELF) is the title track of the stand-along single Free Urself, made available on iTunes on a track made available on 30 September 2015 (which became Prince's final single to be released during his lifetime). Two days before the single's release the song was made available on the streaming music service Tidal as part of its Purple Pick of the Week series of "new tracks, exclusives, rarities and more from the vault, curated personally by Prince". The track was the fourth offering in the series, and the first previously-unreleased track with Prince as the credited artist.

The artwork used with the track had been previously shown (with the words "Free Urself") in three teaser videos for the track Stare four months earlier. All three teaser videos consisted of an excerpt of Stare, over text and images stating "new funk" by Prince would be coming in Summer 2015.

During an exchange on Twitter with [1] exchange, a fan asked if Ruff Enuff was the first track to be recorded in 2016, to which @Prince3EG replied:
"YES, IT'S ALREADY GOT A SISTER: ON THE SAME ALBUM AS "FREE URSELF"...THEY SOUND GREAT 2GETHER!"

This information caused confusion as Free Urself was released using the artist credit Prince, while Ruff Enuff was credited to Mono Neon. It has been speculated that Free Urself is the title of an album Prince was working on, but this has not been confirmed. Ruff Enuff has since be confirmed by band members MonoNeon and Adrian Crutchfield by being a song from MonoNeon’s Black Is The New Black album, so it is safe to assume that Free Urself was also planned (possibly with overdubs or a re-recording) for the same album.

While specific recording dates are not known, it is assumed to have been recorded in early 2015 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early 2015 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Basic tracking
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments (assumed)
  • Judith Hill - background vocals (assumed), possibly Natalya

Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released on Version Additional info
Free Urself 3:47 Free Urself single Studio



 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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References
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