The New Power Generation - Call the Law

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The New Power Generation - Call the Law (Official Music Video)


The New Power Generation, also known as The NPG, was the backing band of musician Prince. They were last active in 2013 before Prince made a return to music with 3rdeyegirl as his backing band. In 2015, the New Power Generation reunited as Prince's backing band for his final studio album before his death, Hit n Run Phase Two.

Goldnigga is the 1993 debut album by The New Power Generation (with much input by Prince). It was only made available for sale at some concert venue merchandise stalls on tour in 1993, through Prince's 1-800-NEW-FUNK telephone retail outlet, and at Paisley Park during the 2001 Celebration. It is long out of print, thus very scarce and can fetch high prices second-hand.

The track "Guess Who's Knockin'" referenced Paul McCartney's "Let 'Em In" without credit. Probably to avoid any legal difficulties, the track was removed from second and subsequent pressings, making initial copies of the album even more highly sought after.

The album presents hip hop in the setting of a live band. Vocalist Tony M. raps on most of the songs and a variety of segues throughout the album provide a humorous storyline about the recording of the album, as well as Tony M.'s sexual exploits. Many of the themes are about racism and other ills in the black community. Prince plays a background role in the album, though he sings in character on the songs "Black M.F. In the House" and "Johnny". Both songs were played live in concert by Prince several times during this time period.

The track "Call the Law" is older than most of the songs, being considered for release on an early version of 1991's Diamonds and Pearls and later being released as a B-side for a track from that album, "Money Don't Matter 2 Night". Indeed, Rosie Gaines provides backing vocals for "Call the Law" though she left the NPG long before Goldnigga was compiled.

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