7 Things We Learned From Rolling Stone’s Lost Prince Interview
None of us have recovered after the unexpected sudden death of the beloved Prince. And that’s okay. How could anybody expect us to? Aside from providing the groovy and soulful soundtrack to our past, present, and future selves, he was just an utterly fascinating human being: eccentric, intriguing, and simply joyful. We still crave for more knowledge about the enigma that is Prince.
But our cravings were partially satiated this past week when Rolling Stone unveiled their lost cover story with the superstar from 2014. The story was pulled when Prince, in typical Prince fashion, refused to do a photoshoot for the magazine, but writer Brian Hiatt saved the interview knowing that there would be a purpose for it someday. The story provides a rare look into Prince’s mind at the time, as well as brief glimpses into the dreamland of Paisley Park, his Minnesota estate, which we hope to see in its entirety soon. Many interesting facts and antidotes of the legend himself were revealed to the universe, so we compiled the best facets from the lost story for your short attention spans.
He was celibate.
No, we did not get Prince confused with Tim Tebow. One of the most overtly sexual artists in history insisted that he was fully celibate in the interview. He abstained from sexual activities for what seems like religious reasons and the sake of “good energy,” stating that “the hunger just turns into something else.” Prince did make some significant transitions in his lifetime, but this one was certainly unexpected.
He did not feel the passage of time.
If we believe word from the King of Funk, then he truly did not see his sudden death coming. He claimed that he did not feel the passing of time in the interview, and the thought of mortality had never even entered his mind. “I don’t think about ‘gone’,” he said, and neither did we, especially when it came to him. Give us a minute…
He hated the recent state of the music industry.
The music industry used to be such a purer and meaningful business, right? Well, that’s questionable. But Prince genuinely thought so, and for good reason. He hated that the business focused on music last and everything else first. “You’re trying to find the personality first, make sure you’ve got that locked in,” he said in the interview. “And it’s better if they got scandal on ’em or a reality show or sex tape. And they have it down to an art. They’re getting street cred for Justin Bieber now!”
He resented that he was constantly compared to his older music.
Our legends will always remain legends, but even they go through their struggles, and Prince was no exception. When the interviewer mentioned that his newer material will always be compared to his older music, he called it both a blessing and a curse. “I’m competing with [my] older music. And I don’t know anybody who has to do that. They always play Beyoncé‘s latest track. But I go on Oprah and they want me to play what they remember.” No one escapes from the unfairness of life, so just end all hope.
He was a true feminist, and demanded an all-woman backing band for Plectrumelectrum
Back in 2014, Prince shocked the world (again!) by releasing not one, but two, new albums with short notice. One of the albums, the rock-influenced Plectrumelectrum, was the first (and sadly, only) album to feature his most recently formed backing band, 3rdeyegirl. The band comprised of only female musicians, and that’s exactly how Prince wanted it (the man was always dedicated to supporting women). “We’re in the feminine aspect now,” he said in the interview. “At a certain point, you’re supposed to know what it means to be a man, but now what do you know about what it means to be a woman? Do you know how to listen? Most men don’t know how to listen.” Amen to that!
He believed that artists should not have managers.
Prince did what he wanted, when he wanted, and how we wanted to, always. So of course, it was completely unnecessary for him to work under a manager, and believed that artists should follow his lead. “You should be a grown man, be able to man-age yourself,” he said with specific emphasis on the man. While this idea is great in theory, can someone name me a major label artist that’s not Prince who did not have a manager? I’ll be waiting at Paisley Park for your response.
He wanted to mentor Chris Brown.
Only a legend would mention something this shocking so casually. Prince expressed a desire to mentor Brown in the aftermath of what-shall-not-be-named during the interview as if it were no big deal, going as far as to invite the perennial asshole to Paisley Park. And it truly was no big deal to him. “Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody?,” he asked the interviewer, who nodded his head no. “It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance.” This was later proven to be totally correct when the interviewer cursed after Prince requested him not to and he was instantly forgiven with a big hug. We can only aspire to be as great as Prince.
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