Is The-Dream’s new single “Yamaha” a Prince homage, or a complete Prince rip-off? We can’t tell, but there’s one thing we’re sure of: this song really sounds like Prince. And not new crazy Prince, either, but the early-80s sex machine’s synth-pop tunes. Listen below and judge for yourself.
The-Dream – “Yamaha”
“Don’t make me watch if I can’t ride it,” sings Dream, and continues the hot girl-as-automobile metaphor for the rest of the song. “If you let me in that body / I’ma turn that mother fucker out.” Threat or promise?
The sexy track, from The-Dream’s upcoming Love King album, sounds like he intentionally tried to produce his own Prince record, as everything from the synth-heavy production to the intense drum beats and even the subject matter reminds us of most of The Purple One’s song catalog, most notably “Little Red Corvette” and “I Would Die 4 U”.
There’s no question that The-Dream was inspired by the R&B superstar on this track—but is it too much? Or is any song that sounds like Prince given a thumbs up even if it wasn’t actually recorded by Prince himself? Throw your thoughts in the comments.