Thursday, April 21, 2016

R.I.P. Prince, My Favorite Black Weirdo Genius

One more legend has passed away.

Prince Rogers Nelson is my favorite "black weirdo". He transgressed lines of race, gender, and musicality. In honor of his leaving this plane of existence, I will be delaying this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show until next Tuesday.

A question. Yes, we of the "hip hop generation" are now officially old. Yes, there are folks of a younger generation who may not understand why Prince was/is so special. For example, when I told my students earlier today that I was out of sorts because of Prince's passing quite a few of them looked at me as if I was speaking of a stranger.

If you were to suggest some "best of" or "essential" Prince songs to pass along to those who were not familiar with his greatness what would they be and why?

Michael's passing away made me sad. Bowie's departure was just a shock. This feels very personal and in a different way. I wonder why. Help me understand if you could.

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