Last week, we lost a true musical genius: Prince Rogers Nelson. The news of his death somewhat similar to his music shocked the nation. Prince was a true pioneer and visionary that embellished music, fashion, and life.
President Obama had this to say on Facebook about his untimely death:
Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.
The world is still in a state of mourning around the death of Prince. It’s now time to heal in a way that Prince would respect: listening to his musical legacy and more importantly—dancing! Tonight in NYC: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L Adams is presenting “A Celebration of Prince” in Fort Greene Park that includes a dance party and a screening of Purple Rain. The music starts at 5 PM and the movie is at 8 PM. Both are Free.
Don’t live in New York or can’t make it to this event? There are plenty of upcoming events nationwide listed online. If you would like to celebrate Prince in the privacy of your own home, why not live stream with world renowned DJ Premier. The DJ recently celebrated and broadcasted an hour-long live stream mix (with some surprises as well–including unreleased beats and DJ only B-Sides) via his Facebook page, the night of Prince’s death.
Here is what he had to say about the experience:
“I want to salute one of the greatest artists in the world, the artist known as Prince. The guideline that shaped me musically consists of approximately ten people, James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince are all equally my number ones; it’s a three-way tie. Because of Prince, I will take any dare and survive the dare! My manager Ian threw the idea (for the tribute mix) at me and I said let’s do it; so we plugged in and did it (real DJ’s do real things)! I should’ve done three hours instead of one. It was unscripted and unrehearsed, but the outcome obviously touched my soul and I hope it does the same for you. Rest In Purple Prince.”
Check out DJ Premier’s Musical Tribute To Prince: