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Thread started 09/19/18 3:11pm

CherryMoon57

Style

For me this funky jazzy tune is not just one of the many highlights of the Emancipation album. It is also a feel good track that immediately evokes the atmosphere of the IndigO2 London aftershows as I always played it in my car during the early dawn drive back home, a sound that I have never grown tired of over the years...

Your thoughts?

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Reply #1 posted 09/21/18 4:44am

PRNelson

I love the 'so let me stop line and the guitar line which follows. Breaks my heart for some reason.
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Reply #2 posted 09/21/18 5:43am

Germanegro

A very cool tune. One of the many highlights of the album, for me.

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Reply #3 posted 09/22/18 9:35pm

1725topp

Yep, always liked "Style."

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Reply #4 posted 09/22/18 10:17pm

206Michelle

[Intro]
(Style) Style, uh!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Style, dig it
(Style) Style, come on
Uh, style

[Verse 1]
Style is not something that comes in a bottle
Style is more like Jackie O. when she was doing Aristotle
Style is not a logo that sticks to the roof of one's ass
Style is like a second cousin to class

[Chorus]
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (say what?)
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (Check it)

[Verse 2]
Style ain't sitting court side with the owner of the team
Style is owning the court and charging them all a fee
Style is not lusting after someone because they're cool
Style is loving yourself until everyone else does too

[Chorus]
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (say what?)
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (Check it)

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[Verse 3]
Style don't get drunk on a Saturday night
Try to dress up every Sunday morning bright
Style don't get married then break the vow in a year
Style is keeping a promise
Raise your hand you all if you hear me
(Style)
(Style)
Style is not biting style when You can't find the funk
Style is the face you make on a Michael Jordan dunk
Style ain't the jeep you bought when you know your broke ass got bills
Style is letting your lover drive while you talk on the phone and chill

[Chorus]
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (say what?)
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (Check it)

[Verse 4]
Bridge
Style is a gold-tooth smile with an attitude
Style is a peaceful wild posting the rude
Style is growing your own food
Style is a non-violent march
Style is an accurate account of what's inside every heart (Style)
Style is not a lie
Style is a man that cries
Style is the glow in a pregnant woman's eyes
(Style)
(Style)
(Style)
(Style)

[Chorus]
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (say what?)
You got it! - Style (Come on)
You got it! - Style (Check it)

[Bridge]
Style is a peaceful wild y'all
(Style) You got it! - Style
(Style) You got it!
Style is not thinking about style
So let me stop (Style)
(Style) [repeats in the background]
It's nice man
What you call that?
Style, I like that
It's about me?
(Keep, keep, keeping on, people gotta keep, keep, keeping on)
Right on (You got it!)
I ain't got no job, but I got style
Style, yeah
(Style) You got it!
Oh yeah

[Verse 5]
Hang on, hang on
Style is buying your moms a house
Style is a clean mouth
Style is puppy breath
Style is no fear of death
Style is Ali's jab
Style is hailing a cab (Style)
Then you know, giving them the finger when they pass your ass!

[Outro]
(Style) (You got it!) Bonnie, Bonnie
(Style) (You got it!) Oh yeah
(Style) Shirley, shake your ass, Shirley
(Sytle) Shirley, Shirley, I love you, Shirley
(Style) (You got it!)[repeat in the background]
Style is Mayte in the shower
Style is a soul new power
Style is when all black men are free
Style is you and me
(You got it!)
(You got it!)
(You got it!)
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Reply #5 posted 09/23/18 5:29am

robertgeorge

Always thought the lyrics were purple clever, and touching and thus heartbreaking
"Style is the glow in a pregnant woman's eyes" "Style is Mayte in the shower"
Loved the frame of reference to famous couples ballin' 'Like Jackie O when she was doin Aristotle" which reminds me of Days of Wild "Like when Dick was fuckin' Liz, before soda pop had fizz"
And as for a different type of ballin loved the reference to the Jordan dunk, the Ali jab and owning the court and charging everybody (like pussy controls lyric where she hires the heffa's who jumped her to work for free)

Musically it was a slow burner for me (rare with Prince songs, I usually get them super quick or never get to like them much - this is rare,) AND NOW, I would put it most times in my Emancipation single disc compilations (I wonder if anybody has posted that idea on the org before, razz)

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Reply #6 posted 09/23/18 6:23am

SuperFurryAnim
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I want Emancipation on vinyl and blu-ray audio. "Style" is one of favorites and "Joint 2 Joint"

Trump turns from 'humbling' grief to midterm fire and furry
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Reply #7 posted 09/23/18 10:55am

Latin

"Style is when all black men are free"
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Reply #8 posted 09/24/18 6:50am

VanGogh

I modeled in a fashion show to this song back in the day.
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Reply #9 posted 09/24/18 2:21pm

aaronoraa

I possessed Pince's handwritten lyrics to the song Style for many years. They hung in my office. (not the entire song, just the portion referencing Mayte). I always thought she should have them after HE passed. In July 2018, I had the opportunity to meet Mayte and give her the lyrics. She was very happy and it made me feel like they were now in the "right place".

The lyrics I had were an early draft (I think), since they don't match the final lyrics from the song. But Mayte recognized them and said she remembered Prince showing them to her in their home.

Lyrics I had read:

Mayte in the

shower

That's what

style is

Mayte in the

shower

Style is this is

Mayte

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Reply #10 posted 09/24/18 8:22pm

PennyPurple

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aaronoraa said:

I possessed Pince's handwritten lyrics to the song Style for many years. They hung in my office. (not the entire song, just the portion referencing Mayte). I always thought she should have them after HE passed. In July 2018, I had the opportunity to meet Mayte and give her the lyrics. She was very happy and it made me feel like they were now in the "right place".

The lyrics I had were an early draft (I think), since they don't match the final lyrics from the song. But Mayte recognized them and said she remembered Prince showing them to her in their home.

Lyrics I had read:

Mayte in the

shower

That's what

style is

Mayte in the

shower

Style is this is

Mayte

That was very sweet of you to do.

It would be hard for me to let go of something like that though.

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Reply #11 posted 09/25/18 8:32am

aaronoraa

PennyPurple said:

aaronoraa said:

I possessed Pince's handwritten lyrics to the song Style for many years. They hung in my office. (not the entire song, just the portion referencing Mayte). I always thought she should have them after HE passed. In July 2018, I had the opportunity to meet Mayte and give her the lyrics. She was very happy and it made me feel like they were now in the "right place".

The lyrics I had were an early draft (I think), since they don't match the final lyrics from the song. But Mayte recognized them and said she remembered Prince showing them to her in their home.

Lyrics I had read:

Mayte in the

shower

That's what

style is

Mayte in the

shower

Style is this is

Mayte

That was very sweet of you to do.

It would be hard for me to let go of something like that though.

It was hard, but it felt right.

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Reply #12 posted 09/25/18 3:43pm

PliablyPurple

Always loved this song. It's a part of my favorite run of a group of joints on Emancipation that starts with The Human Body and ends with Da Da Da. Sex in the Summer might be my favorite from the album, but that's the run I love the most.

aaronoraa said:

I possessed Pince's handwritten lyrics to the song Style for many years. They hung in my office. (not the entire song, just the portion referencing Mayte). I always thought she should have them after HE passed. In July 2018, I had the opportunity to meet Mayte and give her the lyrics. She was very happy and it made me feel like they were now in the "right place".

The lyrics I had were an early draft (I think), since they don't match the final lyrics from the song. But Mayte recognized them and said she remembered Prince showing them to her in their home.

Lyrics I had read:

Mayte in the

shower

That's what

style is

Mayte in the

shower

Style is this is

Mayte

Style, you got it, aaronoraa.

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Reply #13 posted 09/25/18 8:06pm

206Michelle

robertgeorge said:

Always thought the lyrics were purple clever, and touching and thus heartbreaking
"Style is the glow in a pregnant woman's eyes" "Style is Mayte in the shower"
Loved the frame of reference to famous couples ballin' 'Like Jackie O when she was doin Aristotle" which reminds me of Days of Wild "Like when Dick was fuckin' Liz, before soda pop had fizz"
And as for a different type of ballin loved the reference to the Jordan dunk, the Ali jab and owning the court and charging everybody (like pussy controls lyric where she hires the heffa's who jumped her to work for free)

Musically it was a slow burner for me (rare with Prince songs, I usually get them super quick or never get to like them much - this is rare,) AND NOW, I would put it most times in my Emancipation single disc compilations (I wonder if anybody has posted that idea on the org before, razz)


I am fairly neutral about “Style”; it’s just okay to me. That said, those two lines which implicitly and then explicitly reference Mayte stood out to me recently when I listened to Emancipation from start to finish for the first time. He often obscures the identities of his lovers in his songs (The Beautiful Ones, Forever in My Life, Adore, Te Amo Corazon, International Lover, Do Me Baby). It is uncommon for him to explicitly name his love interest or strongly imply her identity, as he does in Style.
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There is an overtone of happiness throughout the record. I take a lot of what he said to the media over the years with healthy skepticism, but I fully believe him when he said the following in the press release for Emancipation: “The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. Making this record was uplifting for me." That feeling of happiness emanates throughout Style because this song is all about appreciating style in everyday people, things, and situations.
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Reply #14 posted 09/26/18 4:54am

BartVanHemelen

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206Michelle said:

I take a lot of what he said to the media over the years with healthy skepticism, but I fully believe him when he said the following in the press release for Emancipation: “The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. Making this record was uplifting for me." That feeling of happiness emanates throughout Style because this song is all about appreciating style in everyday people, things, and situations.

.

Of course the facts are that plenty of Emancipation was written before Prince and Warners terminated their deal -- https://musicfans.stackex...a/2171/129 .

.

Oh, and then there are the events of 21 April 1996: http://prince.org/msg/7/424178 .

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Reply #15 posted 09/30/18 4:54pm

aaronoraa

PliablyPurple said:

Always loved this song. It's a part of my favorite run of a group of joints on Emancipation that starts with The Human Body and ends with Da Da Da. Sex in the Summer might be my favorite from the album, but that's the run I love the most.

aaronoraa said:

I possessed Pince's handwritten lyrics to the song Style for many years. They hung in my office. (not the entire song, just the portion referencing Mayte). I always thought she should have them after HE passed. In July 2018, I had the opportunity to meet Mayte and give her the lyrics. She was very happy and it made me feel like they were now in the "right place".

The lyrics I had were an early draft (I think), since they don't match the final lyrics from the song. But Mayte recognized them and said she remembered Prince showing them to her in their home.

Lyrics I had read:

Mayte in the

shower

That's what

style is

Mayte in the

shower

Style is this is

Mayte

Style, you got it, aaronoraa.

Thank U...

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Reply #16 posted 11/06/18 11:58pm

Sydney

Dope song

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Reply #17 posted 11/07/18 10:29am

luv2tha99s

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BartVanHemelen said:



206Michelle said:


I take a lot of what he said to the media over the years with healthy skepticism, but I fully believe him when he said the following in the press release for Emancipation: “The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. Making this record was uplifting for me." That feeling of happiness emanates throughout Style because this song is all about appreciating style in everyday people, things, and situations.

.


Of course the facts are that plenty of Emancipation was written before Prince and Warners terminated their deal -- https://musicfans.stackex...a/2171/129 .


.


Oh, and then there are the events of 21 April 1996: http://prince.org/msg/7/424178 .


I dont see any mention of Emancipation in that first posting that you linked.
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Reply #18 posted 11/07/18 10:34am

Germanegro

I love this song! Top-notch in my book.

heart

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Reply #19 posted 11/07/18 1:01pm

luvsexy4all

estate could release a video album of all the tracks

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Reply #20 posted 11/09/18 4:03pm

anc282

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[Edited 11/13/18 17:04pm]

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Reply #21 posted 11/09/18 5:09pm

Germanegro

^^^Ethnic kid? Oh, those ethnic kids!

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