History Music / Prince

2nd May '16 6:56:57 PM rabidwolfe
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* Bowdlerise: What he did with many of his lyrics in live shows after his conversion to Jehovah's Witness (see HijackedByJesus below).

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* Bowdlerise: {{Bowdlerise}}: What he did with many of his lyrics in live shows after his conversion to Jehovah's Witness (see HijackedByJesus below).
2nd May '16 6:54:31 PM rabidwolfe
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* Bowdlerize: What he did with many of his lyrics in live shows after his conversion to Jehovah's Witness (see HijackedByJesus below).

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* Bowdlerize: Bowdlerise: What he did with many of his lyrics in live shows after his conversion to Jehovah's Witness (see HijackedByJesus below).
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* Bowdlerize: What he did with many of his lyrics in live shows after his conversion to Jehovah's Witness (see HijackedByJesus below).
2nd May '16 2:05:43 PM BDF5000
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--> ''Can you relate?''

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--> ''Can you U relate?''
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Prince reportedly had hundreds of unreleased songs in his "vault". He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, and was one of the few people to have simultaneously managed a #1 movie, album and single in the same year (''Purple Rain'', ''Music from the Motion Picture Purple Rain'' and "When Doves Cry" / "Let's Go Crazy", respectively. "When Doves Cry" was also crowned the song of 1984 by Billboard.) He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible in 2004. In that same year ''Rolling Stone'' ranked Prince #28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Prince reportedly had hundreds of unreleased songs in his "vault". He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, and was one of the few people to have simultaneously managed a #1 movie, album and single in the same year (''Purple Rain'', ''Music from the Motion Picture Purple Rain'' and "When Doves Cry" / "Let's Go Crazy", respectively. "When Doves Cry" was also crowned the song of 1984 by Billboard.) He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year he was eligible in 2004. In that same year ''Rolling Stone'' ranked Prince #28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.



He was apparently [[Series/ChappellesShow really good at basketball]], just ask Charlie Murphy. [[note]]He actually did play basketball in high school, and multiple tour managers have described how Prince and his entourage would sometimes rent a local community center or gymnasium for a few hours before or after a show to play a few games. So yeah, Chappelle wasn't exaggerating about that.[[/note]]

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He was apparently [[Series/ChappellesShow really good at basketball]], basketball]]; just ask Charlie Murphy. [[note]]He actually did play basketball in high school, and multiple tour managers have described how Prince and his entourage would sometimes rent a local community center or gymnasium for a few hours before or after a show to play a few games. So yeah, Chappelle wasn't exaggerating about that.[[/note]]



* BawdySong: The poster child of this trope, with a fair amount of IntercourseWithYou alongside, what with the amount of colourful metaphors and outright requests for it in 90% of his back catalogue. He even wrote a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response anthem]] for the act called "Sex", but when it comes to being explicit, the following pretty much take the cake: "Sister", "Let's Pretend We're Married" (with the charming declaration ''"I sincerely wanna fuck the taste out of your mouth. Can you relate?"''), "Darling Nikki" (the song that spurned the PMRC hearings that ultimately gave us the Parental Advisory stickers), "Erotic City", "Le Grind" and "Cindy C."

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* BawdySong: The poster child of this trope, with a fair amount of IntercourseWithYou alongside, what with the amount of colourful metaphors and outright requests for it in 90% of his back catalogue. He even wrote a [[CallAndResponseSong call-and-response anthem]] for the act called "Sex", but when it comes to being explicit, the following pretty much take the cake: "Sister", "Let's Pretend We're Married" (with the charming declaration ''"I sincerely wanna fuck the taste out of your mouth. Can you U relate?"''), "Darling Nikki" (the song that spurned the PMRC hearings that ultimately gave us the Parental Advisory stickers), "Erotic City", "Le Grind" and "Cindy C."



--> ''I want to fuck you so bad it hurts, it hurts, it hurts''
--> ''I want to, I want to, I want to, I want to, I want to, I want to, I want to fuck you''
--> ''Yeah, I want to, I want to, I want to want to, I want to fuck you''
--> ''Look here Marsha, I'm not sayin' this just to be nasty''
--> ''I sincerely want to fuck the taste out of your mouth''

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--> ''I want to 2 fuck you U so bad it hurts, it hurts, it hurts''
--> ''I want to, 2, I want to, 2, I want to, 2, I want to, 2, I want to, 2, I want to, 2, I want to 2 fuck you''
U''
--> ''Yeah, I want to, 2, I want to, 2, I want to 2 want to, 2, I want to 2 fuck you''
U''
--> ''Look here Marsha, I'm not sayin' this just to be 2 B nasty''
--> ''I sincerely want to 2 fuck the taste out of your mouth''



* ConceptAlbum: ''Love Symbol'' was supposed to be one, in which the "crown princess of Cairo" (played by then-girlfriend Mayte) is saved by Prince from her double-crossing bodyguards, who were after her "3 Chains o' Gold". Most of the story got cut out so Prince could fit one more song in, so all that's left on the album is Kirstie Alley trying to interview Prince.

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* ConceptAlbum: ''Love Symbol'' was supposed to be one, in which the "crown princess of Cairo" (played by then-girlfriend Mayte) is saved by Prince from her double-crossing bodyguards, who were after her "3 Chains o' Gold". Most of the story got cut out so Prince could fit one more song in, so all that's left on the album is Kirstie Alley KirstieAlley trying to interview Prince.



* DigitalPiracyIsEvil[=/=]DisneyOwnsThisTrope[=/=]NewMediaIsEvil: He's very well known for his stance against digital media, piracy and concert taping, and is just as easily mocked for the various [[FrivolousLawsuit Frivolous Lawsuits]] that stem from said beliefs.

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* DigitalPiracyIsEvil[=/=]DisneyOwnsThisTrope[=/=]NewMediaIsEvil: DigitalPiracyIsEvil[=/=]DisneyOwnsThisTrope[=/=]New Media Is Evil: He's very well known for his stance against digital media, piracy and concert taping, and is just as easily mocked for the various [[FrivolousLawsuit Frivolous Lawsuits]] that stem from said beliefs.



* HijackedByJesus: While he did drop mentions and references to Christianity as far back as "Let's Pretend We're Married" (''I'm in love with God/He's the only way/'Cause you and I know we're gonna die someday'') and did write songs like "God" and "I Would Die 4 U", Prince converted to a Jehovah's Witness sometime in the early 2000s. Goodbye, explicit lyrics of yesteryear. He even went around self-censoring his past songs while performing live for a while[[note]]For example: when playing at the University of Minnesota in 2000, fans started the "Play that motherfucking bass!" chant from "Days of Wild", only for Prince to scold them with "We don't do that no more!"[[/note]], or altering their lyrics in other ways[[note]]That'd be "The Cross", which had its lyrics revised to "The Christ" since Prince now believed that Jesus died on an upright stake instead of a cross (an issue caused by the ambiguity of translating the Greek word "stauros" in the Bible)[[/note]]. Fans weren't amused.

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* HijackedByJesus: While he did drop mentions and references to Christianity as far back as "Let's Pretend We're Married" (''I'm in love with God/He's the only way/'Cause you U and I know we're gonna die someday'') and did write songs like "God" and "I Would Die 4 U", Prince converted to a Jehovah's Witness sometime in the early 2000s. Goodbye, explicit lyrics of yesteryear. He even went around self-censoring his past songs while performing live for a while[[note]]For example: when playing at the University of Minnesota in 2000, fans started the "Play that motherfucking bass!" chant from "Days of Wild", only for Prince to scold them with "We don't do that no more!"[[/note]], or altering their lyrics in other ways[[note]]That'd be "The Cross", which had its lyrics revised to "The Christ" since Prince now believed that Jesus died on an upright stake instead of a cross (an issue caused by the ambiguity of translating the Greek word "stauros" in the Bible)[[/note]]. Fans weren't amused.



** When The Time regrouped to make a new album in 2011, Prince wouldn't let them use that name, to which he owns the rights. They are now known as The Original 7even.

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** When The Time regrouped to make a new album in 2011, Prince wouldn't let them use that name, to which he owns owned the rights. They are now known as The Original 7even.



* LuckyCharmsTitle: ''Sign "☮" the Times'' and "♥ or $" are good examples. Prince also started using an eye symbol in 1988 to replace the word "I"; since it appeared beside another song called "I Wish You Heaven", some fans romanize the symbol as "Eye" (as in "Eye Love U, but Eye Don't Trust U Anymore".) Prince took this [[UpToEleven even further]] [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX with the symbol later used for his name]], which was first used as the title for his fourteenth album.

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* LuckyCharmsTitle: ''Sign "☮" the Times'' and "♥ or $" are good examples. Prince also started using an eye symbol in 1988 to replace the word "I"; since it appeared beside another song called "I Wish You U Heaven", some fans romanize the symbol as "Eye" (as in "Eye Love U, but Eye Don't Trust U Anymore".) Prince took this [[UpToEleven even further]] [[TheTropeFormerlyKnownAsX with the symbol later used for his name]], which was first used as the title for his fourteenth album.



-->If a man is considered guilty for what goes on in his mind
-->Then give me the electric chair for all my future crimes

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-->If a man is considered guilty for 4 what goes on in his mind
-->Then give me the electric chair for 4 all my future crimes



* NewTechnologyIsEvil: '''OH GOD YES'''. Prince is pretty much against the internet and the usage of [=MP3s=] and such. He's even gone out of his way to have ''any'' songs of his removed from YouTube, even at one point removing a '''''[[EpicFail song cover]]''''' done by Music/{{Radiohead}}, only letting it back up when the band and their fans began to complain. There is also the fact that if you have his music online, he [[DisproportionateRetribution will not hesitate to sue you or ruin you]]. However, Prince will use an electronic platform [[{{Hypocrite}} only if it benefits him financially]]. He famously set up the NPG Music Club to distribute music and videos, and in 2015, swapped from Apple Music and Spotify to Tidal, since it seemed to give him the best cut. The kicker to all this is that in TheNineties, Prince won awards and was seen as a big trailblazer for his use of the internet to promote his music - of course, this is before the internet exploded by the end of the decade.

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* NewTechnologyIsEvil: '''OH GOD YES'''. Prince is was pretty much against the internet Internet and the usage of [=MP3s=] and such. He's even gone out of his way to have ''any'' songs of his removed from YouTube, even at one point removing a '''''[[EpicFail song cover]]''''' done by Music/{{Radiohead}}, only letting it back up when the band and their fans began to complain. There is also the fact that if you have had his music online, he [[DisproportionateRetribution will would not hesitate to sue you or ruin you]]. However, Prince will would use an electronic platform [[{{Hypocrite}} only if it benefits benefitted him financially]]. He famously set up the NPG Music Club to distribute music and videos, and in 2015, swapped from Apple Music and Spotify to Tidal, since it seemed to give him the best cut. The kicker to all this is that in TheNineties, Prince won awards and was seen as a big trailblazer for his use of the internet Internet to promote his music - of course, this is before the internet Internet exploded by the end of the decade.



* NoTitle: The album commonly referred to as ''The Black Album'' was intended to be released in an entirely black sleeve with the catalogue number being the only thing printed on it. The only credit to Prince is a hidden message at the start of the opening song: "So ,you found me. Good, I'm glad. This is Prince, the cool of cools…" When it was officially released in 1994, the packaging remained unchanged, albeit with a sticker on the shrinkwrap saying, "The legendary Black Album."

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* NoTitle: The album commonly referred to as ''The Black Album'' was intended to be released in an entirely black sleeve with the catalogue number being the only thing printed on it. The only credit to Prince is a hidden message at the start of the opening song: "So ,you "So, U found me. Good, I'm glad. This is Prince, the cool of cools…" When it was officially released in 1994, the packaging remained unchanged, albeit with a sticker on the shrinkwrap saying, "The legendary Black Album."



** From "Now", a song released during his symbol phase: "Don't worry about my name, it's too long to remember / I could tell you now but we'd be here 'till next September."

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** From "Now", a song released during his symbol phase: "Don't worry about my name, it's too 2 long to 2 remember / I could tell you U now but we'd be B here 'till next September."



* SpokenWordInMusic: Numerous examples exist throughout his career. The most famous examples would include the start of "Let's Go Crazy".[[note]]Dearly beloved, we R gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life. Electric word life, it mean forever and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here 2 tell u, there's something else: the afterworld. A world of never ending happiness, U can always see the sun, day or night. So when u call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, U know the one - Dr Everything'll Be Alright. Instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby. 'Cuz in this life, things are much harder than in the afterworld. In this life, you're on your own. And if de-elevator tries 2 bring u down, go crazy - punch a higher floor[[/note]] The most infamous example would probably be the intro to "Computer Blue":

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* SpokenWordInMusic: Numerous examples exist throughout his career. The most famous examples would include the start of "Let's Go Crazy".[[note]]Dearly beloved, we R gathered here today 2 get through this thing called life. Electric word life, it mean forever 4ever and that's a mighty long time. But I'm here 2 tell u, U, there's something else: the afterworld. A world of never ending happiness, U can always see the sun, day or night. So when u U call up that shrink in Beverly Hills, U know the one - Dr Everything'll Be Alright. Instead of asking him how much of your time is left, ask him how much of your mind, baby. 'Cuz in this life, things are much harder than in the afterworld. In this life, you're on your own. And if de-elevator tries 2 bring u U down, go crazy - punch a higher floor[[/note]] floor![[/note]] The most infamous example would probably be the intro to "Computer Blue":



* SubliminalSeduction: {{Inverted}} entirely with "Darling Nikki". The song itself is about a "sex fiend" who has her full way with Prince, leaving him a wreck that begs for more. The backward message that concludes the song? "Hello, how are you? I'm fine, 'cause I know that the Lord is coming soon." During live performances on tour, that section would be played forwards, because there was no way to properly reproduce it live.

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* SubliminalSeduction: {{Inverted}} entirely with "Darling Nikki". The song itself is about a "sex fiend" who has her full way with Prince, leaving him a wreck that begs for more. The backward message that concludes the song? "Hello, how are you? R U? I'm fine, 'cause I know that the Lord is coming soon." During live performances on tour, that section would be played forwards, because there was no way to properly reproduce it live.



** The unreleased song "Extra Loveable" zings departed Revolution guitarist Dez Dickerson with "Hey Dez, don't you like my band?".

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** The unreleased song "Extra Loveable" zings departed Revolution guitarist Dez Dickerson with "Hey Dez, don't you U like my band?".



* TheirFirstTime: From "Adore": "You made love to me like you were afraid… Was you afraid of me? Was I the first? Was I your every fantasy?"

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* TheirFirstTime: From "Adore": "You made love to 2 me like you U were afraid… Was you U afraid of me? Was I the first? Was I your every fantasy?"



** "Dirty Mind": "In my daddy's car, it's you I really wanna drive."

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** "Dirty Mind": "In my daddy's car, it's you U I really wanna drive."



** "Cindy C": "I'm sure you're quite intelligent, a whiz at math and all that shit but I'm, I'm a tad more interested in flyin' your kite tonight..."
** "Cream": "Cream, get on top; Cream, you will cop; Cream, don't you stop; Cream, sha-boogey-bop."

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** "Cindy C": "I'm sure you're quite intelligent, a whiz at math and all that shit but I'm, I'm a tad more interested in flyin' your kite tonight...2 night..."
** "Cream": "Cream, get on top; Cream, you U will cop; Cream, don't you U stop; Cream, sha-boogey-bop."



** "Hot With U": "I wanna get you underneath the cream and do the marshmallow."

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** "Hot With U": "I wanna get you U underneath the cream and do the marshmallow."
2nd May '16 6:22:01 AM missmoon
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** He was also an avid ping-pong player, having actually challenged [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/04/21/prince_s_rivalry_with_michael_jackson_excerpt_from_steven_hyden_s_your_favorite.html Michael Jackson]] and Creator/JimmyFallon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9iVXxFt1Wg to matches]] and [[CurbStompBattle soundly trouncing them]]. Although he did lose to [[Series/NewGirl Cece did beat him.]]

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** He was also an avid ping-pong player, having actually challenged [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/04/21/prince_s_rivalry_with_michael_jackson_excerpt_from_steven_hyden_s_your_favorite.html Michael Jackson]] and Creator/JimmyFallon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9iVXxFt1Wg to matches]] and [[CurbStompBattle soundly trouncing them]]. Although he did lose to [[Series/NewGirl Cece did beat him.Cece.]]
2nd May '16 6:21:47 AM missmoon
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** He was also an avid ping pong player, having actually challenged [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/04/21/prince_s_rivalry_with_michael_jackson_excerpt_from_steven_hyden_s_your_favorite.html Michael Jackson]] and Creator/JimmyFallon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9iVXxFt1Wg to matches]] and [[CurbStompBattle soundly trouncing them]].

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** He was also an avid ping pong ping-pong player, having actually challenged [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/04/21/prince_s_rivalry_with_michael_jackson_excerpt_from_steven_hyden_s_your_favorite.html Michael Jackson]] and Creator/JimmyFallon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9iVXxFt1Wg to matches]] and [[CurbStompBattle soundly trouncing them]]. Although he did lose to [[Series/NewGirl Cece did beat him.]]
1st May '16 3:20:26 PM missmoon
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-->'''Kevin Smith''': ''[recalling what a Prince employee]'' "Let me explain something to you about Prince. Prince doesn't comprehend things the way you and I do...Prince has been living in Prince world for quite some time now."

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-->'''Kevin Smith''': ''[recalling what a one of Prince employee]'' employees]'' "Let me explain something to you about Prince. Prince doesn't comprehend things the way you and I do...Prince has been living in Prince world for quite some time now."
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-->'''Kevin Smith''': ''[recalling what a Prince employee]'' "Let me explain something to you about Prince. Prince doesn't comprehend things the way you and I do...Prince has been living in Prince world for quite some time now."
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