Prince celebrates 52nd birthday with a new song, 'Hot Summer': Hear it here

Prince-2007-guitarImage Credit: Theo Wargo/WireImage.comOn the occasion of his own 52nd birthday, the Artist Currently Known As Prince has crafted himself a musical gift to honor the occasion, unveiling the song “Hot Summer” this morning on a Minneapolis radio station (via twentyfourbit).

Will it blow your assless yellow pants off? Unlikely, but it’s not bad; kind of a “Little Red Corvette” lite, with a touch of J. Geils Band riffage and a soupcon of the wouldn’t-you-like-a-refreshing-beverage-right-about-now? sunniness of those “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” ads. Stream it after the jump:

What do you think, readers—Purple (still) reins, or better luck next birthday?

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  • LOL

    Did Doc Jensen play bass on this track?

    • Jeff Jensen

      Whoever knows me this well to make this joke: I love you.

  • Chris

    It’s not as bad as that “fight song” he wrote for the Vikings. That’s the best thing I can say about it, and I’m a huge fan of his.

  • Henry

    Purple reigns….yet and still.

  • jeff

    What the hell is going on with this guy? I’m starting to think he’s pulling our legs with these last couple songs…

  • Linda

    I don’t care for the song at all.

  • Keisa

    I have always loved Prince went to over 10 concerts, but his last songs sound like pure fluff. I can see this song playing through the last bit of credits of a really bad movie.
    Love you Doc Jenson!!

    • Keisa

      **sorry** Doc Jensen, not Jenson

  • Torre Sanz

    It’s much better than ‘Cause and Effect’ and the Vikings Fight Song!
    I can listen to it and get the feeling it’s gonna be a Cool Hot Summer… Not my fav, but Its Prince and anything is better than nothing. I’ll rate the song C+ – BRING ON THE FUNK!!!

  • Chele Belle

    Once again the best way to describe the talent that is Prince: I am so hip even my errors are correct.

    • fancypants

      lol! it’s true though. Prince can somehow make lackluster songs seem good….because it’s Prince and that’s enough.

  • erin

    The Purple One is like a god to me…. but this song is LAME.

  • Sean S.

    Prince is my favorite artist of all time. This song is better than about 80% of his output over the last 10 years, but it’s like there’s something missing. A deeper bassline?! More handclaps?! Some cowbell?! I know he’s a very religious man but there’s still tons he can do without getting “dirty” (like the old days). I long for some great Prince party tunes (Partyman, Kiss, Delirious etc.)

  • ronjamel

    It’s gonna be a HOT SUMMER…Let Prince & Sun Shine….HOTTER than ever!!!

  • RedBird

    Just leaves me craving the good stuff.

  • kavette

    The purple one is the best and always will be!!!!!!

  • kavette

    Happy birthday Prince!!!

  • Lance

    I am one of those real fans. A guy who has followed the man BEFORE Purple Rain. I love you Prince. Thank you for the decades of great music. I just think that he’s lacking any real inspiration lately. No one is “cutting edge” forever. So… as a long time fan. I’ll give him a pass.

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