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Plectrumelectrum album.jpg
from the album Plectrumelectrum
Song details
Performer: Prince and 3rdEyeGirl
First Released: 30 September 2014 - Plectrumelectrum
Album(s): Plectrumelectrum
Writer(s): Prince, Donna Grantis, Hannah Welton-Ford, Ida Nielsen, Sophia Eris & Melissa Viviane Jefferson (credited to Prince and 3rdEyeGirl)
Producer(s): Prince and Joshua Welton
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not known to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Boytrouble is the seventh track on Prince’s 36th album Plectrumelectrum (the first by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl). It features a lead rap by Minneapolis-based artists, rapper Lizzo and DJ/MC Sophia Eris. The song was written by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl (music and lyrics) and Lizzo and DJ/MC Sophia Eris (rap parts).

While specific recording dates are not known, it is likely the track was recorded in late Winter - early Spring 2013, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Rap and vocal parts by the band The Chalice (consisting of Lizzo, Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune) were recorded on Easter Sunday 2013 (31 March) under Joshua Welton’s supervision at Paisley Park Studios.

In a 2019 interview, Sophia Eris discussed the song’s recording:
"We went in and this dude Josh was there. He was the producer, and he was like, all right, this is a song off the 3rdEyeGirl track Boytrouble”. He Played us the song, and he’s like, “We want you to make the song your own.” So they took all the vocals out and we wrote all those 16s. We had to write and record it in three hours. (...) There was a like a house phone in the studio—and it kept ringing. And it was like, “Hello? Yeah, they just started.” “Hello? Yeah, they’re halfway done.” “Hello? Yes, do you want to hear it?” And he held the phone up to the speaker and was like, “You like it?” Pause. “Okay, I’ll see you soon.” And we’re like, is that him? “Yes.” Is he coming? “Not today.” "

A remix focusing more on Sophia Eris’ rap remains unreleased.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Late Winter - Early Spring 2013 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
31 March 2013 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Lizzo, Sophia Eris and Claire de Lune vocal overdubs (session sans Prince)
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Boytrouble 3:52 Plectrumelectrum Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Boytrouble Remix
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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