Aug. 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM ET
A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. A picture of reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle as Prince, carrying a plate of pancakes, that appears to serve as the cover of Prince's new single ... there are no words.
Chappelle impersonated the Purple One on "Chappelle's Show" in 2004. Clearly, the man behind such hits as "When Doves Cry" and "Raspberry Beret" was impressed.
Here's Chappelle's sketch (most vulgar words bleeped out, but not all):
Chappelle had a meteoric rise in popularity with his Comedy Central series, but had a hard time handling the pressures of fame and began ducking out of the spotlight in 2005. Since then he's largely kept to himself. But as the The New York Times reported Thursday, Chappelle seems ready to make a comeback, heading out on a 15-city tour called the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival.
Prince began tweeting via the @3rdEyeGirl account on Aug. 13; 3rd Eye Girl is his three-woman band and the account has been established as theirs. Since those tweets began coming, he's shown a sly (and yes, funky) sense of humor about the whole thing.
Which means all of this may be a prank. Single "covers" rarely get much traction in the world of digital music, and in Internet-speak, the photo certainly looks 'shopped. But it's the thought that counts, right?