Five Priceless Gifts From Prince. RIP Your Royal Badness

Prince

Prince has the left building. The musical genius, who shares my birthday, passed away yesterday. Sili (my Dominican sis/fellow bloguera) sent me a text at 1:09 pm EDT announcing the news.

Me: (1:13pm) “What?”

Sili: (1:17 pm?)  “The purple one has died!!!!”

Just like that. TEARS. Not a stream or cute raindrop-shaped droplets. Straight up faucets. I couldn’t talk or move.  I’m not starstruck by any means but there are three celebrity deaths that took me out: Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and now Prince.

I’ve been on various online news sources reading with sadness about his tragic death and I don’t want to cry anymore. I’ve listened to his music since I was at least 5 years old. There isn’t a Prince song that I don’t know but rather than mourn his royal badness- let’s show our gratitude for the things with which he blessed us.

Young Prince circa 1979
Young Prince circa 1979

5. He gave short men hope.

Let’s face it. The Purple One was only 5’2 but he had the baddest bevy of babes EVER. He did like them light but that’s beside the point. If he could bag Vanity and Apollonia, then the shawties in the hood could surely bag a tall, cutie on the block.

Prince and his Purple Shade
Prince was the Emperor of Shade, hunty!

4. His Royal Shade.

When you’ve been in the game as long as Prince,  you’ve pretty much earned the right to say, “Fuck your feelings.”And he did on several occasions including award shows and I LIVED! If someone said , light-skinned played out 15 years ago. Shade. If you mentioned him and Michael Jackson in the same breath. Shade. Here a shade. There a shade. Everywhere a shade shade.

Princes ass
Prince’s ass was indeed a gift. Photo courtesy of MTV.com

3. His ass. No really. HIS ASS.

For the 1991 MTV Music Awards, he decided to bless the world with his ass.  Not his presence but his high yellow ass in yellow. Nothing could prepare us for this sight. Not even Jesus himself. It was a sight to behold and he turned it out in the way that only “His Royal Badness” could. “Sexy, muthafucka shaking dat ass! Shakin’ dat ass, shakin’ dat ass!” (Shout to my childhood besties… Sylvia and Shawn)

It’s  an inside joke.

Morris Day and The Time- one of the groups with Prince
Morris Day and The Time were a part of the Minneapolis sound among a few dope ass musicians.

2. He made Minnesota cool and gave us kick ass musicians. 

Andre Cymone , Vanity 6,  The Family and Jesse Johnson just to name a few of the artists that he blessed us with. They all incorporated that synthesized funk and most of the songs didn’t receive any airplay. These songs are still bangers today. Any Prince fanatic will know these acts as well. You can hear Prince’s influence in Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ music as well.  Get your life.

Prince with his sexy ass.
Prince with his sexy ass.

1.  He gave us one helluva playlist of which can’t be found unless you buy it. I will just insert my faves. Add to the list. Songs he sang AND wrote for others.

“All The Critics Love You In  New York”

“Seven”

“Let’s Pretend We’re Married”

“Free”

“Controversy”

“Alphabet Street”

“The One”

“Thieves In The Temple”

“Sometimes It Snows In April”

“Mountains”

“Youneedanotherloverlikeyouneedaholeinyourhead”

“I Would Die 4u”

“New Position”

“I Feel For You”

“Adore”

“Soft and Wet”

“How Come You Don ‘t Call Me Anymore?”

“Nothing Compares To You”

“Scandalous”

“When Doves Cry”

“Take Me With You”

“Beautiful Ones”

“Under The Cherry Moon”

“Sugar Walls” written for Sheena Easton

“Manic Monday” written for ‘The Bangles’

“Round and Round” written for Tevin Campbell

“Nasty Girl” Vanity 6

“Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The afterworld
A world of neverending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night…”
RIP Prince.

K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of "Negra With Tumbao" and a Staff Writer for "The Urban Twist". Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.
  • Stephanie

    International Lover❤

    • That wasn’t one of my favorites…I love the metaphors but it didn’t do much… now my mama… baby…lol

  • Shanna

    Loved this!

    That ASS!!!! Yaaaaas baby. The first time I really peeped Prince’s body was the “Automatic” video….also one of my favorite songs. He had all the things most women want; TINY waist, small, high round ass, doe eyes,and a head FULL of THICK hair that always behaved.

    Although I’ve always been partial to men under 6 feet tall, 5’2″ is REALLY pushing it, even for me, But Prince could have gotten it ALL DAY E’RRY DAY.

    The catalog….I’ve been listening to him bout as long as you have…age 7, I’m 2 years older than you. I do have to admit, I fell off somewhere in the mid 90s, but I always had my cat-eye on him and I “rediscovered” him around 2006. I have a lot of catching up to do, it’s the only thing that makes me smile.

    One last gift I’m proud to have is that I was at his last concert in Atlanta. The tickets cost a grip, but my only regret is that I didn’t pay even more to be right up near the stage. I was in the house tho and that’s what matters.

    • Chiiiiiiile…. he was soooooo beautiful… I never once questioned his sexuality.. he oozed sensuality.. Yes.. yes.. yes!!!

      I’m glad that you got to see him, Sis!!!