Last week was a sad day in music with the passing of music legend Prince.
Unlike other music icons whose death’s have been shrouded in rumours of drink and drug abuse, Prince’s passing was a shock to the system as there was no public mention of ill-health and it was written that he was a vegan and displayed no antics of excess alcohol or drug use.
I must admit, I was never a die-hard Prince fan growing up as I was on the #teammichaeljackson bandwagon, however what I do know is that he can definitely be remembered as an Artist when it came to his music, sense of style and his performances.
The Memes have mirrored the grief experienced by soul and funk fans in that we have lost many great contributors, like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross and now …. Prince! My heart did sink this week at the realisation that we have lost another “Artist” and run a mental scan of who we have left of this calibre (You may leave a comment of who you think these are below).
All I can say is, I feel very blessed to have grown up listening to such artists and witnessing their undeniable talent, minus auto-tune (Yes that was shade! LOL).
This leads me to Prince’s other art-form which has been sprinkled via social media and after his passing, has now flooded my Facebook and Instagram timelines – He is the ultimate giver of Shade!
Now for those who do now know what shade is, just type “Prince Shady moments” into a Google search to see his best moments to understand a master of throwing shade.
As an artist, comfortable in his own style and musical talents, with the many accolades as proof, Prince was well qualified to throw shade whenever required and he did it so well.
For many, his timely shady moments would be seen as arrogance, but this just makes me admire him even more because his shade represented the confidence he had in his talent and original style.
Prince, I thank you for all that you have contributed to music and shade. You will be missed by many. RIP