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Chris Rock's Netflix stand-up special, Tamborine, has arrived after being mostly shrouded in secrecy until the streaming service announced yesterday that it would be dropping just a few hours later.
The title eliminates the "u" from the name of the musical instrument Netflix used to tease Rock's first televised stand-up show in 10 years, leaving fans speculating as to the reasoning behind the spelling. While Guardian speculates the title is a reference to minstrel shows, the outlet also points to a 1985 Prince song with the same name.
Rock, himself, confirmed that the title was spelled after the Prince track in a Facebook Live video he posted on Wednesday.
"Tamborine. People say to me, 'Chris why is it spelled that way?' It's spelled that way because that's how Prince spells it in the song 'Tamborine.'"
A lot has happened since Rock's last special, 2008's Killing the Messenger, and the comedian has plenty to say. Between his insights about politics, race relations, and growing up in Bed-Stuy, Rock revealed his new perspective on relationships. He goes into detail about his public divorce from his wife of 16 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, talking about cheating on her and his porn addiction.
Check out some of the most memorable moments from the hour-long program, which is now streaming.
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