OT: RIP Prince

Submitted by 901 P on April 21st, 2016 at 1:05 PM

As a Minnesotan and someone who came of age during the 1980s, this is pretty shocking. Prince was incredibly prolific and he's responsible for some of the most popular and most acclaimed music of the past 40 years. RIP purple one. 

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Mocha Cub

April 21st, 2016 at 1:08 PM ^

Crazy, was just watching the news and heard it as it broke. I don't think any major outlets are confirming it yet. TMZ is the only one confirming from what I've seen. Sad day for sure. One of the truly great musicians. 

gmoney41

April 21st, 2016 at 2:56 PM ^

The funeral for Phife was one of the coolest things I have seen.  A true celebration.  KRS-One with the off the top of the dome flow.  That guy could still destroy every rapper in the game now.  Positive early 90's hip hop like BDP, Tribe, De La, Gangstarr is just great stuff to listen to.

VinegarStrokes

April 21st, 2016 at 1:09 PM ^

FUCK!!! He was so supremely talented.  Was fortunate enough to see him twice. One show was the greatest I ever saw, the other was the worst.  He didn't want the lights on when he played.  Some people actually left.   Sad. Too soon.

CoverZero

April 21st, 2016 at 1:21 PM ^

This is a surprise.  He was only 57.  Reports are that the has had some sort of flu lately and had to cancel a show.  Obviosly he was a legendary musical talent and performer who is gone way too soon.

2016 has been the death year for many musical greats so far.  Tough year.

901 P

April 21st, 2016 at 1:25 PM ^

Which one is the anomaly--Phife Dawg I'm guessing? He was not a musician of Bowie and Prince's caliber I suppose, but A Tribe Called Quest is widely considered one of the great hip-hop acts since, well, ever. Maybe that was more Q-Tip than Phife, but for people of a certain age who are hip-hop fans the loss of a member of ATCQ is pretty devastating. 

gmoney41

April 21st, 2016 at 2:36 PM ^

Why can't we just include all of them in the list.  I personally didn't care for a majority of Bowie's or Prince's catalogue, but they definitely had great songs and their contributions to music are inarguable.  I own every Tribe LP and loved the positive vibes that Tribe represented.  Glen Fry Lemmy and Merle Haggard also.  Didn't care fortheir music, but nontheless, it's sad to see them go.

WestQuad

April 21st, 2016 at 1:12 PM ^

He just played a gig in Toronto a few weeks ago and my wife and I were joking that it was actually worth it to pay $800 each for orchestra pit tickets (the only ones available.)  We didn't go, but man, we should have.    Prince isn't that old.

SGBlue

April 21st, 2016 at 1:19 PM ^

Damn right! 57 is the prime (says someone who's turning that this year).

Got turned on to Prince by a roommate (who played him all hours of the night) in 1982. Really opened my musical outlook. Saw him when he opened for the Stones at the LA Coliseum where he got booed off the stage, even though he delivered more energy in 30 minutes than the Stones did in 2 hours (and that is from a Stones fan).

This is why I see my favorites every chance I get (David Gilmour two weeks ago, Bruce twice already this year). Damn!

PopeLando

April 21st, 2016 at 1:18 PM ^

Dammit. He was so young. We just lost one of our most talented musicians.

My former band played Darling Nikki, but his guitar solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps live was brilliant.

Dammit dammit dammit.