At the 5 minute mark of this video is the start of the 3rd verse in this Prince classic. It’s also when it all came crashing down in a brief overwhelming moment. D’Angelo and Questlove have always shared a deep affinity for Prince’s friendship, general ridiculousness, and mostly his music.
Knowing that Questo’s in the same room watching him sing “maybe he’s found another friend” is enough to break any man or woman but, D held it together to finish the ballad with help from Princess (Maya Rudolph apparently???). I can’t imagine how heavy it was to perform an ode Prince wrote to a friend gone too soon in April almost 30 years later as Prince’s friend, Prince now being that friend. It was a hell of a palpable sight to see and here even on a screen.
Last night, I mistakenly posted the day’s selection AFTER watching this. My concentration was questionable. You now have a double shot of #HumpdayHymn
I’m not ready to take the news seriously yet. Not, because I’m delusional or in disbelief but, I honestly always thought of Prince as just some fixture. The mental image of that one-word-entity simply has not changed as long as I’ve been conscious of him because, well the real human hasn’t changed much either throughout the years. He’s also a larger-than-own-life character. What I mean by that is, there is Prince (the apparently air-breathing, water-drinking being capable of passing guy) then there’s the idea of Prince. Unlike most stars, these two were not separate. These beings were one in the same.
They say “all the best artists are a little crazy”. NO WHERE is that more true, sincere, and paradoxically apparent than in real life Prince anecdotes. Here are a few to laugh and gawk at…
1. Prince Vs. Fela Kuti, Questlove & Golf Cart Speed Limits
Prince likes Finding Nemo… A LOT. He demonstrates his appreciation for Questlove but, he definitely loves Finding Nemo more.
Key Quote: “He’s not payin attention and he’s concentrating on being a pool shark. He walks over to my booth and is like ‘play something else‘ ” (paraphrased)
2. Prince Vs. Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, The World, Justin Bieber, Beck (?), Halle Berry, Larry King, Madonna, Michael Jackson AGAIN, Birthdays and Aging, and Kim Kardasian
The music speaks for itself and will be touched on later. The mind is psychotically genius. The one human part of Prince we can all replicate but, obviously can’t duplicate is the SHADE.
You might roll your eyes, or give a slight “psssh” at perceived peons in your presence.
His Purpleness always found a way to take it to another level – a level “Bye Felicia” couldn’t quite dismiss you enough to. A level deeper than any seat you wish would swallow you up as Prince OWNED you. Mean teenage girls (even of 2016) would look like angels compared to this Divo (which is apparently a word. who knew).
Key Quote: “I can’t be played… a person tryna play ME – plays themselves”
3. Prince Vs. Common Sense In General
This is generally the lengthiest Prince anecdote available and every minute of it unravels more and more layers of Prince mystery that leads to more moments of ‘WTF JUST HAPPENED?”
From mark 11:30 this quote of WTFness ensues
Key Quote: “Prince doesn’t comprehend things how you and I do… he’s been living in Prince world for some time now. Prince will say… ‘its 3 o’clock in the morning…in Minnesota I really need a camel. GO GET IT‘… he doesn’t understand why someone can’t process a simple request like that”
4. Prince Vs. Basketball Interviews, Common Sense, and Questlove ANOTHER AGAIN
DAMN Prince! BACK AT IT AGAIN with NO respect for other’s time in general, and a peculiar obsession with 3 AM disturbances!
Key Quote: “We weren’t supposed to call him Prince, and to avoid hitting his head with a basketball I’m like PR—… He brings the ball back, and he’s giggling like ‘na na na na na, YOU didn’t know what to call me‘ ”
My Take: This dude was the best of times, and the best of the worst of times for his friends. He was an inconvenience and difficulty they chose to invite into their lives over and over again for reasons they couldn’t quite comprehend themselves. There should be an ENTIRE podcast or even animated TV series of just Prince anecdotes. They are masterpieces that write themselves. Long Live Prince – King of Shade!
“I won an Oscar and a Grammy, and I’m sleepin witcha mammyyy”
That used to be one of the promo-spots for Jamie’s FoxxHole Radio Sirius Satellite channel. Its easy to see and hear why Foxx was worthy of at least two of those, when he stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Whether its John Legend’s impression of the “Toys R Us theme”, or L.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers’ dead on hoarse-since-a-baby voice and mannerisms – its easy to see why Foxx is the most dynamic talent in Showbiz (and why its definitely NOT BLAKE’S FAULT). JUST WATCH THIS till the end, where it looks like he’s not sure where to take a Jennifer Hudson challenge, but then…
[Foxx is not new to the this game. Peep some bonus footage of various impressions of the mood-setting “Brady Bunch” theme song, from his “I Might Need Security” Comedy special below]
[DISCLAIMER: WE DO NOT OWN HIS ART OFFICIAL AGE, AND WILL HASTILY COMPLY WITH ANY AUTHORIZED REQUESTS TO BE FORGIVEN. FOR THAT MATTER, WE’RE NOT EVEN WORTHY, WE’RE SO SORRY, OMG WHY AM I STILL POSTING THIS!]
His Purpleness (we are not worthy. I mentioned that, right?) is notorious for cancelling Christmas with quickness on any and every internet
violator host of his music. Sooo, while this lasts, enjoy this masterpiece from his latest double project “THE ART OFFICIAL AGE/ PLECTRUMELECTRUM“… Hopefully you catch the smooth vibes before the inevitable… breakdown.
Update: Prince has since pulled all his music from Spotify and Youtube, and also deleted his social media accounts. See? That wasn’t just crazy ramblin up there, the Purple moves in mysterious ways!