Prince is such a putz, during an interview with a dozen journalists at his Paisley Park Studios, with no recording devices or photographs allowed, the little idiot claimed “Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery” an incendiary piece of nonsense that immediately derailed any possibility of a serious discussion of record contracts and-or slavery.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune (here), Prince meet “with 10 handpicked media members who were attending the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis.” He spoke for a few minutes, then “After Prince’s minute-long speech, DJ Kiss spun a snippet of Prince’s “Kiss” and then she played two songs from his forthcoming album, “HitNRun,” due Sept. 7 via Tidal, Jay Z’s streaming service. Prince did tell the crowd that the music also would be available in a physical format.The new songs, perhaps titled “Million Dollar Show” and “Shut It Down,” were very dense and mechanical, with lots of intriguing electronic noises. Although the music was presumably played by Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl, it was less organic sounding than their previous album, 2014’s “PlectrumElectrum.”
One more thing, he suggested musicians sign their own contracts with the streaming service.
I really don’t get easily offended, honestly, bu:
1 – If a white musician invited ten members of a white caucus of journalists, say Kid Rock, all hell would break out.Look, it is up to the man who he speaks to and I have truly no kick at all what he might choose to do, however, it would be seriously frowned upon if the white race were to do something like that.
2 – If that is nitpicking, Prince is a fool comparing recording recording contracts to slavery. Indentured servants, maybe, it is a little extreme in 2015 but OK, but SLAVES??? This is offensive to me and my ancestors weren’t slaves. The comment doesn’t stand up to any scrutiny whatsoever and if it was taken seriously by people who think more than ‘oh, it’s just Prince being Prince’, I think the world would listen to him more seriously if he managed a “Baltimore” more than once every 20 years.
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