Today we celebrate Prince and all of the magic he’s bestowed upon us on what would have been his 58th birthday (though he wouldn’t have celebrated, himself.) For those that knew the artist or were merely touched by his music, this first Prince Day after his transition is a bittersweet moment, a time to account for what we’ve lost and at the same time to celebrate what we’ve been given. Appropriately we’ll be rolling out a seemingly infinite course of tributaries and remembrances from longtime collaborators and stans alike (jump back to read Spike Lee‘s tales of working with The Purple One,) which brings us to this next treat: in honor of Prince’s Born Day filmmaker and journalist extraordinaire Nelson George‘s has tailored a Prince-only edit of his absolute must-watch Finding The Funk documentary, underscoring Prince’s role in the proliferation of The Minneapolis Sound through a pristinely purple lens of musicianship and perfectionism that was all his own.
“Prince Rogers Nelson was a master of an infinite number of instruments and many styles of music. But, at his core, he was a funkateer and I wanted to celebrate that for is birthday.” – Nelson George
Weighing in on that legacy we have everyone from D’Angelo to George Clinton to Questlove to Alan Leeds to Vernon Reid to a virtual infinity of music connoisseurs–and well beyond. All are forever indebted to Prince and his eternally magnificent blend of funk, rock, new wave, r&b and soul. All laying it out in this exclusive super-clip, re-edited by Nelson George himself, who also recently reviewed Prince’s virtually solo ’87 masterpiece Sign O’ The Times. Press play down below to soak up all of the goodies and stay tuned for all we have in store for you on Prince Day (which is every single day of the calendar year in our book.)
Voodoo & Old Donuts.