Underground funk musician Prophet prepares his comeback this May via Stones Throw Records. Until this year he had only put his name to one album, the 1984 private-press record Right On Time. Today he shares first single “Insanity” from new album Wanna Be Your Man, which he co-produced with labelmate Mndsgn. Stones Throw will release Wanna Be Your Man on CD, LP and digital on May 11th, 2018.
The new video for “Insanity” shows off Prophet’s unique, quirky style and features cameos by Mndsgn and Dâm-Funk. Yellow is the word: the man eats lemons as snacks, designs his own outlandish yellow memes/art (including the album’s artwork), and performs in knee-high, cloth yellow boots.
Founder of Stones Throw, Chris Manak (aka Peanut Butter Wolf), has been inspired by Prophet’s first album since he found it crate-digging in San Francisco nearly two decades ago. Full of mind-blowing left-field boogie, Right On Time has garnered an underground cult following of record collectors and funk fanatics. It can now be found buried deep within record stores or changing hands for hundreds of dollars online.
After referencing Prophet’s music in interviews as “one of his Holy Grails” for years, Chris finally met him in person at a record fair. Chris then invited Prophet to make his live return opening for Snoop Dogg and Dâm-Funk’s ‘7 Days of Funk’ show in 2013. After introducing him to Mndsgn at the show, the two started cooking up the music that would become Wanna Be Your Man.
Mndsgn has also been a longtime fan of Prophet’s early work. “That sh*t is dope, man,” he says. “It’s classic untapped 80s funk. What he does is very much in line with the lineage of Stones Throw which is always left of center.”
Prophet is the first to point out that his journey has been longer than most artists. And his return is a testament to the electric quality of his under-appreciated first album. “Imagine if someone came up to you and said ‘it’s not going to break for you for another 30 years.”
Now with Wanna Be Your Man, after over three decades of silence, Prophet can finally take up his rightful place in funk history his own way. “The wild flair. The in-your-face kinda thang. That’s always been me, man.” Check out more of Prophet’s creative musings and meditations from the funk underworld on his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prophet751/