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Baltimore

NPG Records

Nobody got in nobody’s way.

Baltimore is a protest song written by Prince and recorded live at Paisley Park Studios on 29 April 2015. The song is an ode to Freddie Gray, a black 25-year-old male whom died from injuries sustained while in police custody in Baltimore on 19 April. The song was inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests that resulted across the city, followed by riots lasting for two days ahead of the recording.

Baltimore is the first song Prince had recorded live on the Paisley Park sound stage. It was there where it was premiered on 2 May as part of a Dance Rally 4 Peace. The attending audience was invited to wear grey clothing for the event – Eryn Allen Kane’s vocals was added to the track that day.

The song was first streamed on Soundcloud on 9 May 2015, on the eve of the Rally 4 Peace benefit concert that Prince headlined to help local causes in the city, and was available for purchase on 26 May: a lyric video to the song followed on 21 July. The song was re-released on 12 December 2015 as the opening track for the album HITNRUN Phase Two.

Performers

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Hannah Ford Welton
Guitar
Donna Grantis
Bass Guitar
Ida Nielsen
Keyboards
Joshua Welton

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distribution
NPG Records
Cover Art/Photo
Martin Homent
Released
4 years ago, 26 May 2015
Running Time
4:33
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
-

Track list

  1. Baltimore [feat. Eryn Allen Kane] (4:33)

Related release

HITNRUN Phase Two

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