Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL Bear Gifts: Kendrick Lamar Appearance, Rita Ora Snippet and Exclusive Paisley Park Tour at Yahoo Live Set

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VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 15: (Exclusive Coverage) Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform at Vogue Theatre on April 15, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 15: (Exclusive Coverage) Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL perform at Vogue Theatre on April 15, 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The nearly two hour event included an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of the 65,000 square foot facility, interviews with collaborations, a preview of a track with Rita Ora, and a 20-minute live set of new music that featured an unannounced guest appearance by Kendrick Lamar.

Art Official Age co-producer Josh Welton revealed a teaming with Lamar early in the segment when he played a 3RDEYEGIRL song that included a rap verse from the MC. Prince praised Lamar's talent, but did not offer any indication that he would be joining him on stage later. Near the end of Prince's first song of the night, the "i" rapper walked onto the stage and unleashed a powerful verse encouraging a partner not to give up on the relationship: "Look in my eyes / Tell me you want me / Tell me you see me … I know you love me." The already eager crowd got even more excited. Even Prince was overwhelmed. As Lamar rapped, Prince paced confidently in the background, clearly impressed that hip-hop's top lyricst was in Minnesota, getting down at his party.

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL opened the concert with "PRETZELBODYLOGIC," a song from 3RDEYEGIRL's PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Bassist Ida Nielsen and guitarist Donna Grantis stood on either side of him and the three guitar players rocked as Hannah Ford Welton took care of the drums.

Before the concert, Prince asked Josh to play a snippet of an unnamed song he produced for Rita Ora. The "Black Widow" singer sounds completely different than she does on her other works. Here she sounds like a female version of Prince, singing with an edgier, scratchy style over a dark, electronic bed fit for The Prodigy.

During the tour of the facility, hostess Maya directed the cameras to a massive wall painting in one of the studio hallways. According to Maya, the first half of the work featured artists who influenced Prince like James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. The second half spotlighted artists Prince inspired like Shelia E. and Wendy & Lisa.

The members of 3RDEYEGIRL were charming in a pre-show interview with Maya. Grantis revealed that they had to learn more than 100 songs as part of the gig. Welton added that they recorded much of the album live during rehearsal sessions. "We recorded all together, live at the same time, jamming," she said. "At the time, we didn't realize we were recording an album. We were just rehearsing and learning new music." After they recorded vocals, Prince suggested picking out songs that had a cohesive sound and compiling them for an album.

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