The unique and endlessly creative artist Prince has died at his home in Paisley Park, Minneapolis, aged 57, leaving behind him a gaping hole in musical genres as diverse as R&B, rock, funk and pop.
The death was announced by his publicist Yvette Noel-Schure after police had been called to the premises which double as his music studio in the Minnesota city. No details were immediately given for the cause of death, though last weekhe was rushed to hospital apparently recovering from a bout of flu that had forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois.
The sudden death of the diminutive man who became such a towering musical figure, selling more than 100 million records in a career of virtually unparalleled richness and unpredictability, prompted an emotional response across the music world. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, former members of Prince’s band the Revolution, said they were “completely shocked and devastated by the sudden loss of our brother, artist and friend, Prince”.
On Twitter, fellow musicians and celebrities vented barely contained grief. Boy George called Thursday “the worst day ever”; Katy Perry said: “And just like that … the world lost a lot of magic.” The Minneapolis-St Paul radio station 89.3, The Current, played his music on a permanent loop.
Barack Obama, who was flying from Saudi Arabia to London on Air Force One when the news broke, said he was mourning along with millions of fans. “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.”
A statement from Carver County sheriff’s office said that when officers arrived at the Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen they found Prince unresponsive in an elevator. “First responders attempted to provide lifesaving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim.”
He was pronounced dead at 10.07am. Police say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances of his death.
One thing was certain: Prince lived life to the fullest right up to his early demise. If anything, the workaholic who regularly slept three hours a night and would play impromptu concerts until dawn, was accelerating the pace of his hectic schedule when he died.
He cut four albums in the last 18 months, and had let it be known he was writing a memoir that would be released next year. Hours after he was released from hospital, he announced on Saturday that he was going to throw a dance party at his music complex which he dubbed “Paisley Park After Dark”. He said tickets would cost just $10, and said of his recent tussle with flu: “Wait a few days before you waste any prayers.”
Standing just 5ft2in tall, Prince truly had an outsized influence on the world. Born in his beloved Minneapolis on 7 June 1958, his sprawling musical tastes, androgynous style, genre-bending imagination, sexual outrageousness and flirtation with religion left fans forever guessing about where he would go next.
His wry, almost satirical relationship with fame, combined with his masterful skills at self-projection, led him to play with his own name. Which is perhaps unsurprising, as he never really had his own self-identity: he was Christened Prince Rogers Nelson after his father’s stage persona, Prince Rogers.
In 1993, Prince famously changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, causing momentary panic across newspapers and publishing houses who scrambled to find ways to replicate it. Their distress was eased when a way out was found with the description “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince”.
That moniker remained until 2000. But far more important was his equal willingness to shatter norms and conventions in music. His love of songwriting stretched right back to childhood – he penned his first song aged seven – and while he was still a teenager he recorded his first demo tape at Moon’s Studio in Minneapolis, earning himself a contract with Warner Bros.
Over the next 40 years he made 40 albums and won seven Grammy awards in a flood of musical output that even left the artist himself bamboozled. Last year hetold the Guardian that he’d decided to dispense with a band and with huge back library of previous songs because he found it so hard to martial.
“Tempo, keys, all those things can dictate what song I’m going to play next, you know, as opposed to, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do my hit single now, I’ve got to play this album all the way through,’ or whatever. There’s so much material, it’s hard to choose. It’s hard.”
His breakthrough came with the 1979 album Prince which hit the top of the Billboard R&B charts and contained the smash singles Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? And I Wanna Be Your Lover. Dirty Mind (1980) and Controversy (1981) both managed to attract musical admiration but also, as the latter title suggested, provoke a firestorm of criticism for their edgy interplay between religion and sexuality. With every cleverly concocted row, Prince’s star shone brighter.
But it was in 1984 with Purple Rain that he really captured global adulation. Purple Rain was not so much an album and film, it was a cultural phenomenon. The song of the same name, with first verse dedicated to his father and recorded over a daring 13 minutes in the First Avenue club in Minneapolis, went on to provide the skeleton structure for both album and movie.
Prince was rewarded with 13 million sales of the album. The film, featuring a central character called “The Kid” who leans heavily on Prince’s own life story, won him an Oscar for songwriting.
While other artists who cut their teeth in the 70s have settled for repetitive revivals of their past glories, none of that would satisfy Prince. With the passing of the millennium, his creative production and desire to explore new pastures only grew more intense.
In 2007 he performed a 12-minute set at the Super Bowl that has widely been credited as the greatest half-time show ever at the footballing event. Then, from February 2014 to June 2015 he went on a series of Hit N Run tour dates wreaked havoc across 15 cities for 39 gigs in a little over a year.
Flanked by his band 3rdeyegirl, the Purple One’s guerrilla gigs would be confirmed sometimes no sooner than a few hours before the gig via Twitter. Stopping in at locations from London to Louisville, Paris to Montreal, his epic sets would take place in a litany of shapes and sizes, stopping in at jazz clubs and arenas.
Those who witnessed his most intimate performances would have been rewarded, after hours stood in snaking queues, with a greatest hits funk extravaganza, the likes of Let’s Go Crazy, 1999, Little Red Corvette performed so close you could stare into the whites of his eyes. As a result, thousands of fans were given the opportunity to watch the great musician perform a career-spanning set for one last time.
And if all that wasn’t enough, he still found time to fight a running battle with “slave label” Warner Bros, sue bootleggers for $22m, become a Zehovah’s Witness, and in 1020 declare the internet “completely over” (in such a long and storied career, it is perhaps permissible to make one glaring mistake).
Barney Hoskyns, author of Prince biography Imp of the Perverse said Prince was an artist who defied labels and genres. “This was a guy who effortlessly wrote great riffs, grooves and who packaged them in a really distinctive way. He came out of the white midwest, not the black ghetto, so he synthesized a lot of influences.
“There were the key figures, from James Brown to Sly Stone to Jimi Hendrix, but he was as much a rocker as he was an R&B star. His record label, Warner Brothers, started out trying to manage and market him as a late 70s, post-disco soul star. He wasn’t having it. He knew he wanted to define his own musical persona.”
His final shows were last week at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, where a strict no photos or video rule was in place for two consecutive sets. Billed as the Piano and a Microphone tour, Prince played solo at a purple grand piano.
Before concluding with Kiss, his third encore performance in the earlier show, Prince sang Heroes in tribute to David Bowie, who died in January. Back on stage within the hour for his final late night show, he ended with three encores and a medley of Purple Rain, The Beautiful Ones and Diamonds and Pearls.
When the Guardian visited him in Paisley Park last year he described spending the previous night just playing to himself for three hours without pause.
“I just couldn’t stop. That’s what you want. Transcendence. When that happens … Oh, boy.”
Introducing Mo Chedda Music, a new south label in the US making creating a buzz around the world. We will be getting to know Mo Chedda and the movement more as we prepare to interview them next week. The two artists in the spotlight and carrying the labels flag right now are Money Gang Sav and Leo Bandz. With the release of Welcome to the Chedda House mixtape releasing very soon, make sure you lock into Bombay Hott Radio and London Hott Radio for the exclusive jam of the mixtape.
“Whats goin on my name is Allerie “Money Gang Sav” Blackmon. Im 20 years old I was born December 28, 1994. I have a 2 year old daughter. I’m originally from the SouthSide of Dothan, Alabama. I started writing Hip Hop music when I was ten years old, that’s when I got my first microphone and got the chance to record a real song and the just became part of me after that. Coming up I admired lil Wayne because of his hard work and knowledge and metaphors he was dope to me. I’m very dedicated to making music, I have my personal studio and I produce myself on every mixtape. I have been producing myself since I been rappin. My future goal is become very successful in the music industry, it’s my dream and the number one thing I love to do. I have just recently been signed with “Mo Chedda Music” and I have my own personal label “FastLane Money Gang” which I have been apart of for about 5 years now”
Leo Bandz is destined for great things in the world of hip hop with his unique style. Leo uses his music as a way to teach others through his experiences as well as show them that things can change if you continue to push forward. His music is his way of inspiring and motivating others. Ever since his cousin and owner of Mo Chedda Music, Antonio Jackson, heard some of his songs, he has pushed him ever since. After starting to work together, Leo released his song “My Pain” which was a very deep and personal song about some of his life experiences and inner thoughts. He also collaborated with Georgia Music and showcased his talents at P Browns ATL Record Pool where over 300 DJs were in attendance. He has since performed at multiple open mics from Enterprise, AL to Atlanta, GA allowing others to hear his creative lyrics and see his innovative style.
The principal of an Atlanta high school is under fire after unleashing racially charged comments at a graduation ceremony this Friday.
Nancy Gordeuk, who is also the founder of TNT Academy, took to the podium after realizing that she had accidentally cut the ceremonies short before the valedictorian could make his speech.
Gordeuk initially apologized for the confusion and asked people who were exiting the hall to return. Clearly losing patience from her inability to control the crowd, she then angrily referred to someone as a “coward” and began to berate the audience.
“You people are being so rude to not listen to this speech. It was my fault that we missed it in the program. Look who’s leaving — all the black people!” she said, prompting an angry response from the audience, even causing some on the stage to get up and leave.
TNT Academy is a “nontraditional educational center” in the predominantly African American city of Stone Mountain.
Atlanta, GA – Joey Betrail Garron, 28, Robert Carl Johnson, 23 and Ketorie Glover, 23, can’t handle losing to a woman so they beat, raped, shot and set their female adversary on fire and left her for dead.
Police responded to a vacant lot at 988 Farr Road. in reference to a person crying out for help. The responding officers found a woman suffering from several gunshot wounds.
The police investigation revealed that the victim, 36, had been to a house party. There, outside the house, she became engaged in a spirited rap contest with three men.
At some point, the exchange became heated because the aggressive woman was laying them out bar after bar. After she spit her last verse the men couldn’t take it anymore. One of the men pulled out a gun and forced the victim inside of her vehicle.
Two other men, one of whom was also armed, joined them in the car. They wanted to teach the woman a lesson about trying to act like a man.
The woman was driven to a vacant lot where all three men sexually assaulted her.
The woman’s vehicle and the woman were doused with gasoline and then set on fire. She was shot three times before they walked away.
The woman was taken by ambulance to Midtown Medical Center, where she has undergone extensive medical treatment for the injuries she sustained.
All three men were arrested and charged with felony charges of aggravated assault, rape, kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, arson first degree, hijacking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Source : AskKissy
Tiny Harris Drops a big record and Bombay Hott Radio love it. Song goes back to the pure R&B Vibe of the 90’s that is missing today.
T.I. spoke with MTV about Tiny’s single. When the Atlanta rapper was first asked about “What The F**k You Gon Do?” he replied by saying he had “no reaction” to the track and called it “comedy.”
The Hustle Gang boss did reveal that Tiny asked him if he wanted to review the song before it was released, but Tip said he decided to experience hearing the single with the rest of the general public. He now thinks the audience’s reaction to “What The F**k You Gon Do?” has been positive.
“I’ve been hearing very very good things about it, [from] people in the community, just saying that it’s a lot better than the stuff they’ve been hearing lately — so that’s good,” added Tip. “[Tiny] kinda has her own ideas about business so I stay out of it.”
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