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Stevie Wonder Talks Growing Up Motown, Missing Prince and More with Stretch & Bobbito

Source: NPR

The legend on shifting towards political sharpness, nearly getting dropped by Motown and remembering Prince the way he was

Another week, another stellar episode of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito. Adding to a perpetually-expanding list of illustrious guests, the venerable NYC radio duo were joined by the one and only Stevie Wonder this morning on the latest installment of their new NPR program.

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For the hosts (and astute Wonderologist, DJ Spinna) it was a moment to revel in the presence of one of music’s most prolifically influential legacies. For their subject, Mr. Wonderlove, a moment to discuss an early-career turn towards activism emboldening the Motown institution with a social and political consciousness unseen and unheard in r&b and pop at the time; a moment to reflect on maybe the only other presence in music with a comparable caliber of catalog: Prince. Here, Wonder reveals that he’d spoken with the late icon not too long before his tragic passing and that their connection, their creative and spiritual kinship, was formidable.

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Hear Stevie Wonder tell all on the latest episode of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito below. Catch him live in Central Park at Global Citizen Festival with Pharrell, Big Sean, Andra Day and more. Hit the link to grab your tickets today.

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