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Remembering the Legendary Singer-Songwriter Prince

In an interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS, Prince gave his audience credit for sticking with him through all his changes.

April 21, 2016

Legendary American musician Prince died on April 21, 2016.

Prince spoke to Tavis Smiley a few times over the years, starting with his first appearance on PBS. In this 2013 program, Tavis Smiley looks back at memorable appearances by the musician described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a "force of nature."


On being asked what is it about his music that draws such incredibly diverse audience: "I think from the beginning as I was coming into my own persona and understanding of who I was, I never talked down to my audience. When you don't talk down to your audience, they can grow with you. I give them a lot of credit to be able to hang with me this long because I have gone through a lot of changes. But they've allowed me to grow and thus we can tackle some serious subjects and try to just be better human beings, all of us."

 

Speaking about music business: "It's not about content and substance. You know, hip hop is very diverse but if you only focus on one aspect of it then what you get is this image of black American that is completely contrary to what actually goes on."

Watch the full 2013 Tavis Smiley special on Prince in the video above. 

 



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Prince: " I give [my audience] a lot of credit to be able to hang with me this long because I have gone through a lot of changes."