There are few musicians alive today who can match Prince in terms of pure influence. The impact that the Minnesota native has made looms large over the music industry, so getting the chance to hear anything new from him, whether it be new music or just an interview, is always eye-opening.
Smokey Fontaine interviewed the legend for A+ Studios in promotion of his latest album HITNRUN, and he had some encouraging things to say about hip-hop, its established legends, and the artists currently leading the charge. When asked about Kendrick Lamar, Prince didn’t hold anything back: “He just has something he *has* to say. It’s pure. And with Thundercat on the album? Come on. You’re not taking ‘Alright’ off my playlist!” He also paid due respect to Rakim, Jay-Z, and Doug E. Fresh (“When Doug E. told a story, you had to listen. Doug E.’s voice was incredible.”). Read the entire profile here.