Papa is a Prince / video that was aired as part of the The Beautiful Experience TV-special. It was shot in sequence with Loose! at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota or Glam Slam West, Los Angeles, California.
Unlike the other videos from The Beautiful Experience, which were shot in early 1994 specifically for this TV-special, Papa and Loose! come from another project. They were actually shot in June or July 1993 for another film about which little is known. Directed by Parris Patton, this mini-film starred Nona Gaye and Vanessa Marcil with scenes set in an underground club where Prince is the main attraction. The whole project was scrapped in favor of The Undertaker which stars Marcil only. It is not clear however if The Undertaker was a portion of this project, its continuation or a totally different one. The footage in Papa with Nona Gaye seems to come from the aborted 1993 film. Of note, the song Papa was also the titled track of an EP that Prince worked on around that time, but remained unreleased.
Shot in mid 1993, between the Act I and Act II tours, Loose! and Papa foreshadows ’s post Act II tour band with only Michael B., Sonny T., Tommy Barbarella, Morris Hayes (who wears a chain-hat) and Mayte. It may or may not be a hint that this was the full band for the planned but never materialized Act III tour in Japan and Australia that , but this is purely speculative.
The Papa video is a straightforward performance of the song in front of an audience. The track was included on Come, released a year after the shooting, but the video was not used as promotional tool for the album.