Cindy C. is the second song on Prince’s sixteenth album “The Black Album” (originally planned for release as his tenth album, albeit with no artist credit).
While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracks were recorded in March 1987 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota (during the same set of sessions that produced Dead On It). After “The Black Album” was initially canceled, the track was broadcast on 9 December 1989 as part of The New Power Generation Radio Show, hosted by Prince (under the name Me, Myself and I) with Robin Power, Ingrid Chavez and Levi Seacer, Jr.
The track’s title refers to supermodel Cindy Crawford. Cat’s rap in the song (later reused in an unreleased version of Positivity), was taken from J.M. Silk’s 1985 track Music Is The Key, although Prince was unaware of this at the time (he removed it from Positivity when he found out, but it is included here as a quote from Cindy C. as Prince was unaware of its origins at the time of its use).