Graffiti Bridge is Prince's twelfth album. It is the soundtrack to the film of the same name and features a number of guest vocalists. It is mostly made up of Vault material giving it a diverse sound that includes contemporary R&B and New Jack Swing styles alongside Prince’s earlier sound.
The older songs feature familiar elements like the Linn LM-1 and the Fairlight. On the newer songs, Prince started using the Publison Infernal Machine for sampling and arranging entire songs.
Prince embarked on the "Nude" tour in from June to September 1990, backed by an unnamed band that would evolve into the NPG. Conceived as a greatest hits tour, it also featured a few songs from Graffiti Bridge and Batman.
Graffiti Bridge was recorded over a number of years, with many songs from the album either coming from the Vault or from earlier versions of the album dating back to 1987. The newer songs were recorded or re-recorded at Paisley Park.