Kip Mooresingin’ a little Prince is the cover I never knew I needed.
At a tour stop at the The Paramount in Huntington, New York over the weekend, Kip broke out a little “Purple Rain,” and like pretty much every cover he’s ever done, it’s fantastic.
Similar to his cover of Smokey Robinson’s “I Second That Emotion,” his voice always sounds so damn good on a more soulful, R&B song.
Of course, “Purple Rain” was title track from Prince’s 1984 album of the same name, eventually peaking at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. That record became the soundtrack album to the film of the same name starring Prince, and ultimately, became his signature song that’s synonymous with the iconic artist.
Funny enough, it was originally supposed to be a country song and intended to be a collaboration with Stevie Nicks. Prince had sent her a 10-minute instrumental version of the song and asked her to write some lyrics, but she said she got scared after listening to it and told him she couldn’t do it.
So, he ended up taking over and, of course, delivered an all-time classic track as a result.
He explained the meaning of the song to be about the end of the world and letting God take control through the purple rain:
“When there’s blood in the sky… red and blue = purple. Purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/God guide you through the purple rain.”
This is probably the best thing you’ll see all day: