Today is a somber day in the music world as we acknowledge the passing of one of music’s most brightest and talented, aka Prince. Born Prince Rogers Nelson, a musical genius whose legacy will forever be cemented in both our memories and our hearts. A true jack of all trades from producing, to acting – he was the true definition of the title artist. Last night every fan, from high and low, came out in droves to pay their respects. From local bars, to the swankiest of rooftops, all donning their purple attire whilst blasting Prince’s tunes at full volume. Spike Lee was the first to announce via Instagram a free concert at 40 Acres in Fort Greene, Brooklyn in dedication to Prince. The aftermath? well over 5,000 fans in attendance – that’s real love, y’all.
Prince’s first record was released in 1978 at the precocious age of 19 (having played every instrument on that record without the help of pro-tools, mind you); then came his sixth studio album, the iconic “Purple Rain.” 1984’s release of “Purple Rain” was the body of work that would go on to seal his fate as the world’s most beloved creative entity – no shade to Michael Jackson – they were talented rivals after all. Who would’ve thought that this introverted kid from Minneapolis would go on to touch the hearts of millions across the globe, myself included.
Even Broadway gave a special nod to “The Purple One” (nickname given to him after the release of “Purple Rain”) last night during their encores. Peep below recent Pulitzer Prize-winner and Time Magazine’s “Most Influential” person, Lin-Manuel Miranda belt out “Let’s Go Crazy” during Hamilton’s current call – and even Ms. Jennifer Hudson who’s currently on Broadway as part of “The Color Purple” ensemble gave an incredible gospel rendition of “Purple Rain” post show. The theatre district must’ve been a purple haze of magic and guitar riffs.
Now, if you’ve missed out on all the reminiscing, you’re in luck: starting this evening at 6 p.m., (Central Daylight Time) The Current will play Prince’s entire catalogue. The playlist will run approximately 26 hours straight and conclude at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Now if you’re in New York, check Instagram for upcoming events (especially Brooklyn-based events) to be paying special homage to Prince all weekend long. But aside from all the festivities, we here at Snkrbst.com would like to give a special shout-out to this legend who has impacted a generation (pun intended) of creatives who’ve aligned themselves to be as great as he. You will be immensely missed Purple One, and we thank you for your contributions to the world. You will forever be our star!
By Roz Baron
Editor-in-Chief of Snkrbst.com