If we were to sit back, relax, twist up a music dutch and gets all sorts of up in Prince and his multi-talented New Power Generation‘s ravishing ’91 record Diamonds and Pearls and its whimsical title track, we would truly be here all day. Besides being one fuck of a love jam, it’s a song that still holds its lyrical meaning–“I am here for you/Love is meant for two/Now tell me what you’re gonna do”–along being armed with an incredible instrumental arrangement….that key change!! Also adding to the explosive mix is an accompanying music video that is every bit as shimmering as it was when it was released a quarter-of-a-century (!) ago.
But if there’s one thing to truly remember about this dreamy title track (besides everything, of course), was that this was another moment in Prince’s monumental career that he unabashedly shared his spotlight with another one of the many talents that he linked up with along the way, this time being NPG lead diva, Rosie Gaines, who simply owns our lives while slaying alongside Prince on “Diamonds & Pearls”….sigh….
Although we lost The Purple One yesterday, there’s no denying that he leaves behind a vast legacy of music, performances, and protégés, also including Vanity of Vanity 6 (may she also Rest in Peace), Apollonia (Ms. Purple Rain), drummer Sheila E., Janelle Monae, Sheena Easton, The Time and of course, Ms. Carmen Electra, who first met Prince at the age of 18 when he was forming an all-girl group. Although she wasn’t chosen for his group, he saw something special in her, and signed her to his Paisley Park Records.
Although “Diamonds & Pearls” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, personally it’s always felt like an underrated Prince groove (mostly because his catalogue is just so enormous), but after being swiftly reminded of its bold, brilliant instrumentations and those vocals, which are musically glued together by a spine tingling intro, it certainly doesn’t feel underrated anymore. It now fits rights into a body of work that will always speak in massive volumes, and it also shows that it’s Prince music moments like this one that make his legacy oh, so special.
“All I can do is just offer you my love,” Prince coos. And that he certainly most did…and then some.