Purple Reign, Forever: How Prince Influenced Rap Music for All of Eternity

By Jeff Weiss | Vice.com
April 26, 2016

Prince hip hopYou can’t eulogize a color. Coroner’s reports claim that the organs, joints, and muscles of Prince Rogers Nelson ceased their erotic serenade after 21,130 days on earth. All 62 inches of exposed skin were ostensibly placed in a pyre and the ashes scattered in a mysterious location—automatically dying the soil purple and yielding trees that gyrate with perfect rhythm. The wind guarding that patch of dirt or water will whistle with celestial falsetto. It will be to the funk as Lourdes is to the Marian apparition.

Prince was more celestial phenomenon than flesh and marrow, a delirious, devout, spellbinding satyr in sequins, famously summed up by “stealing your girl, then her clothes, then stealing someone else’s girl in your girl’s clothes.” More optical and aural act of sorcery than 110 pounds of exquisite cheekbones and silken hair. If Robert Johnson made that famous crossroads pact with the Devil, Prince met the Devil and convinced him to become a Jehovah’s Witness.

There’s a Prince anecdote about an unnamed actress who turned down a part in Purple Rain because the script originally contained pornographic acts she wouldn’t let her boyfriend do behind closed doors (obviously, she’d never listened to a Prince album). They hung out a few times and she remarked about his hang-ups: “He really thinks he’s related to God.”

But wouldn’t you think the same if you were Prince? He played the guitar like Stephen Curry shoots threes, like Chef Morimoto uses knives, like Donald Trump deploys lies. No one since James Joyce has spewed obscenity that effectively. He made lust seem like violent love and love like violet lightning. His voice spanned octaves that haven’t been deciphered, capable of eliciting tears from doves and demons. His blood type was raspberry beret. Prince was the only rational endorsement for intelligent design—oozing the sort of unzipped Kavorka that mankind needs to perpetuate the species. Without him, the US faces the perilous danger of, sekkusu shinai shokogun or what the Japanese call “celibacy syndrome.”

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