Prince at 19. (From Questlove’s Weeklong Master Class on Prince by Toure in NY Mag)
Got a Girl Crush On: Princess, Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band
Just when you thought Maya Rudolph couldn’t get any cooler.
Princess — that is, Rudolph and friend/collaborator Gretchen Lieberum — have played a few gigs in LA (see their performance of “Darling Nikki” at the Troubadour, above), and tomorrow night, Thursday, September 20, they’re bringing their sultry sounds to Brooklyn Bowl. ?uestlove and The Roots will accompany their night-long ode to the Purple One.
Advance tickets are sold out (weep!) but if you don’t have to be up early on Friday morning, you can try to snag a seat at the door. I recommend that you do, ‘cause these Sexy M.F.s are a real Peach, and I just know they’re gonna turn Brooklyn into an Erotic City.
I mean. Seriously.
The Question Of U
Prince | The Question Of U
Seriously, fxck the haters. This album is damn good.
Yes it is. Which is why one of the song titles is part of my screenname.
Yus. Somehow I’ve never even seen the movie, but I listened to this album SO MUCH in high school.
Love, love, love, love this.
Via Legacy Recordings, which writes in this post:
It in no way minimizes Sly Stone’s genius to state that the primary instrumental force of Sly & The Family Stone was Larry Graham. Larry, who turns 66 today, was a true pioneer of the bass guitar: through that instrument he invested Sly’s songs with a power unheard of in pop music, and he is credited with inventing the “bass slap,” a crucial element in all funk music. Larry is also beloved for his baritone vocal interjections: “I’m gonna add some bottom!” Here he is, far right, with the band in 1970.
Happy birthday, Larry Graham!
Happy birthday indeed, musical genius (even though I don’t agree with your religious views at all and you may be at least partially to blame for converting Prince to said religious views, and now he doesn’t perform his dirty songs any more, but you are still great in many ways, and freedom to be weird is what America is all about, sort of, so, bully)!
The through-line that makes “Sign o’ the Times” an American Dream anthem for the Hip-Hop Nation is its honest glance at the nation’s ills. Like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” of the Vietnam era, Prince’s “Sign o’ the Times” examines a litany of problems then plaguing the country. “In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name,” Prince sings, mentioning AIDS — relatively new in the world at the time — in the very first line. “By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same,” he continues, with a heroin allusion. The first verse ends with references to crack, machine guns and Chicago’s Gangster Disciples gang.
—Miles Marshall Lewis, via My American Dream Sounds Like Prince
Prince - Kiss (by cdipre)
When’s the last time you watched this video? I mean REALLY watched it? From beginning to end? You owe it to yourself. It’s flawless. He brings ALL of it.
Happy birthday, my dude, even if you don’t celebrate them any more.
Happy Birthday to The Artist, Prince Rogers Nelson ♡
June 7, 1958 - Forever
Happy birthday, my dude. I really wish you hadn’t gotten all religious on us, but I still love ya.