6. Emancipation (1996)His wrists are breaking chains on the cover so that no one misses his point: He's free from his oppressors at Warner Brothers, who prevented him from releasing two triple-disc sets in 14 months, including this one where he covers Joan Osborne's "One of Us." Cause that's what every artistically free person would've done, right?
7. Crystal Ball (1998)The first album by anybody to be sold exclusively on the Internet is currently not available on the Internet. This three-CD set was so poorly distributed it made ex-fans out of the 50,000 who pre-ordered it and got a crappier package than the one that reached the stores.
Prince made amends by sending those fans a bonus album, which (of course) pissed off the folks who bought Crystal Ball at stores.
8. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
9. Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2000The year he re-recorded "1999," he also released this "party over" album to less-than-joyous, fantastic raves. He went back to a conventional record company for this one and its follow-up, a collection of remixes that didn't improve on the original's commercial performance.
His latest slavemaster? Clive Davis at Arista, thanks for asking!