Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Prince Sings in “Baltimore”: “If there ain’t no justice, there ain’t no peace,” warns of Los Angeles next


Prince has released his “Baltimore” song and it’s pretty interesting. For one thing, the very catchy refrain is “If there ain’t no justice/there ain’t no peace.” And that’s the piece you’ll be hearing audiences sing as long to. I wouldn’t be surprised if the slogan didn’t make it onto T shirts.

The lyrics reference Freddie Gray and Michael Brown, of course. The music is jaunty, upbeat and recalls Sly and the Family Stone. There’s also a lick driving me crazy. If anyone can figure it out let me know. Sounds like something from Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Prince composed “Baltimore” a la “Ohio” or “Chicago.”

LISTEN to the very end of this track. Prince suggests that Los Angeles will be the next scene of a racial problem. Scary. On the other hand, this is the catchiest Prince song in a long time. I hope it gets played.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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