Prince, yeah—sometimes it does purple rain in April

David Goodson | 4/28/2016, 11:44 a.m.
Remembering the legend that is Prince.

“My problem is when the industry covers the music. Covering music means your version doesn’t exist anymore. A lot of times people think I’m doing Sinead O’Connor’s song or Chaka Khan’s song, when in fact I wrote those songs. It’s OK when my friends ask to do it, but there’s this thing in the music industry called the Compulsory Licensing Law which allows artists through the record companies to take your music at will without permission. That doesn’t take place in any other art form. There’s only one ‘Law and Order,’ there’s several versions of ‘Kiss.’”

“I sense a great deal of negativity and entropy in the music. There’s a disintegration going on that we really have to address as a community as to what it’s doing to the culture. People can say all they want to that a kid should listen to music and then go and shoot somebody, but something that’s triggering these buttons.”

“Sexuality is not bad. Very spiritual in nature and is a God-given gift.”

“When I was 20 years old, you’re looking for the ledge. You want to see how far you can push everything and as an artist I went there just to find it.”

“It’s obvious that there’s an agenda against the disenfranchised and the uneducated. To counter that we’re gonna have to talk to one another. One of the ways we used to do that was through our music. I grew up on the The Staple Singers, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye and that voice of the people to voice our concerns in areas is gone now.”

“The ego is one thing. Money is one thing, but reverence of life and service to others is the key to getting off this planet.”

“When people say they love you and they respect you but at the same time take 80 percent of your earnings, then expect you to fix your own communities, that’s the sharp part of the sword and we’re on the wrong end of it right now.”

“Albums matter. Like books and Black lives.”

As a side note the next, and definitely not the last, Prince album “HITNRUN Phase Two” was slated for release April 29.

Over and out. Holla next week. Til then, enjoy the nightlife.