DAngelo Talks About Prince

Everybody loves a good Prince story. Even when he didn’t just shut down SXSW with a reunited ATCQ and kill “Bambi” live on Jimmy Fallonpeople love to tell Prince stories. Hell, people love Prince stories so much they they even love made-up ones (remember that time Prince went on OKCupid under the screen-name BabyImAStar?–him neither). But nothing is as satisfying as a real-life TACKAP sighting complete with all the major sacraments of musical genius, royal arrogance and, preferably, a mysterious disappearance in a puff of purple smoke.

As it happens,the Okayplayer TV crew recently found itself at the epicenter of real-life Prince stories: backstage at Michael Dorf Presents Music of Prince Tribute at Carnegie Hall and the “rehearsal performances” (see Bilal murder “Sister” here) which took place all day the previous day at City Winery with The Roots + Special guests. “Special guests” in this case included Bilal, D’Angelo, Chris Rock, Elvis CostelloBooker T. JonesAlice Smith & Citizen Cope, Talib KweliMaya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum AKA Princess, as well as The Family (now playing as fDeluxe) and members of The Revolution. With personages like Nelson George and Touré on hand–not to mention Wendy Melvoin (of The Revolution and Wendy & Lisa) her sister Susannah (of The Family) as well as saxophonist Eric Leeds and his older brother Alan Leeds (Prince’s longtime tour manager)–the tribute was in fact something like a 48-hour family reunion and convention of amazing Prince stories, as well as testimonials from the younger musicians whose musical worldview has been irrevocably shaped by the purple legacy. We’ve saved some of the best war stories for closer scrutiny at a later date, but for now get a feel for the vibe backstage with this sizzle reel of reminiscences and insights from ?uesto, D’Angelo, Wendy and Susannah, Bilal, Booker T, Eric Leeds, Talib Kweli, Princess, Elvis Costello, Alice Smith, Citizen Cope and Nelson George–all speaking on the artist formerly known as “Steve” (true story! watch below).

Let’s talk about Prince:


  • yes.

  • Reg Jones

    I love how Wendy shut it down. Like, yeah, we knew him when he was COOL.

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  • the first paragraph of your story is so filled with acronyms that are never explained, you are missing a large portion of your reading audience. Shame.

    • sorry if we lost you!

      ATCQ = A Tribe Called Quest

      SXSW = Texas music festival South By South West

      TACKAP = The Artist Currently Known As Prince (a play on TAFKAP, or “” formerly known “”)

      the 1st two are a tangent to the main story, which is why they’re hyperlinked to more complete coverage for those who are curious what we’re referring to.

    • ACM

      ATCQ = A Tribe Called Quest.

  • I’d really like to see a whole interview with just Wendy.

  • Rice__Cube

    TA”F”KAP you mean. If you are a music lover, the acronyms are about as easy as breathing.

    • Greg Weatherford

      He’s CURRENTLY known as Prince so = TACKAP