Tell Me What It Is was offered as a Real Audio stream on NPGOnlineLtd.com from 21 July, 2000. The track is a cover version of the Graham Central Station track from their 1974 album also titled Graham Central Station, and Larry Graham, the song's writer and original singer, appears on this version also.
Tell Me What It Is was recorded live on 15 July, 2000, am at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (along with Good Life, also offered as a stream on the same date). Only an edited, 2:30, version, was available for stream. The full live version remains unreleased, and it is unlikely that a studio version featuring Prince exists.