Final Album As Prince Until His Contract with Warner Bros. Expired in 2000
Prince arrived on the scene in the late-70s, and it didn't take long for him to upend the music world with his startling music and arresting demeanor. He rewrote the rulebook, forging a synthesis of black funk and white rock that served as a blueprint for cutting-edge music in the '80s. He made dance music that rocked and rock music that had a bristling, funky backbone. From the beginning, Prince and his music were androgynous, sly, sexy and provocative. His colorful image and revolutionary music made him a figure comparable in paradigm-shifting impact to Little Richard, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and George Clinton.
In August 1992, Prince signed a contract extension with Warner Bros. for six more albums (at $10 million apiece), and he acquired the title of vice-president with the label. By mid-decade, however, relations would sour as he began appearing in public with the word "SLAVE" scrawled on his face while agitating to get off the label. 1994's dark and experimental Come would serve as the artist's final album as Prince until his contract with Warner Bros. expired in 2000. The album subtitle reads "Prince: 1958–1993," and serves as the equivalent of an epitaph for his death under his given name and subsequent rebirth as his Love Symbol alias. Includes the singles "Come," "Letitgo" and "Space"