The single is from “Welcome 2 America,” an album that Prince recorded in 2010 that will be released from his legendary Paisley Park vault in standard and deluxe editions on July 30.
The album is described as “a powerful creative statement that documents Prince’s concerns, hopes, and visions for a shifting society, presciently foreshadowing an era of political division, disinformation, and a renewed fight for racial justice.”
The title track, “Welcome 2 America,” began streaming in April on several platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.
On the first episode, NPG vocalist Elisa Fiorillo shared that after recording “Hot Summer,” Prince took her and others for a drive past the beach while cranking the new tune.
“All those people were outside and I’m thinking it’s broad daylight, they’re gonna see him. But we didn’t care,” Fiorillo said. “We had the windows rolled down and we were playing ‘Hot Summer.’ There’s nothing like driving in a car and listening to music and I think he agreed.”