Prince: A Monarch In Music

Honoring the influence of an original artist

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Prince: A Monarch In Music

A legend poses confidently in front of the camera

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On April 21st, 2o16, the legendary musician Prince left this world at the age of 57. “A strong spirit transcends rules,” he once said. Although many are mourning the loss of such an influential artist, it is evident Prince’s strong spirit transcends mortality.

Prince was an original artist who implemented new perspectives and innovations within his music. He experimented with an appraisal of different genres such as funk, rock, R&B, soul, psychedelia, and pop. On his albums he played every instrument, sang his own back ups, and tested his band live, not to mention he directed and starred in two of his feature films. He craved a sense of control, a characteristic of his that parallels the meaning of his name. He wanted to take full responsibility of his identity, his vision.

Despite his kaleidoscope of different styles, the artist created centralized music that was adored by many. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. Purple Rain, the film that propelled him to stardom, played in AMC theaters all over the country last weekend in his honor.

Prince also addressed social complexities that spoke volumes in his music. His songs tackled subjects such as police brutality, the actions of Wall Street, the negative nature of war, and the crossroads of race and class. Through his own personality Prince presented new and unexpected ideas while developing eccentric arrangements that were completely his own. Prince’s work ethic was a driving force in developing his individuality, and he did not waste his potential. El Modena Junior Xavier Williams shared through his own words the legacy of Prince: ” He was a great impact for not only music, not only for the African American people, not even just for pop culture, but for the whole world. It might not feel like this is so, but it is true. We will never get anyone like him, he was unique, he was an icon. People like him are rare and far in between.” 

William’s words ring true. Prince insisted on authorship of his work, he never settled for consistency, and he wanted to take full responsibility of his executions. Prince will always be remembered for his relentlessness and stamina.

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