Prince once infamously said in an interview with the UK’s Daily Mirror, "The internet’s completely over. All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you."
Of course, not a lick of that is true and Prince conveniently forgets that the Internet remains a fantastic way for younger people to find new music. That is why The Root’s member Questlove has expressed his frustrations with Prince’s “NO INTERNET EVER” policy and shares fears that he’s tarnishing his legacy.
The rant went (via drunkenberry):
He made this comment; 2 of his biggest crimes: 1) taking his music off YouTube–when this is clearly how an unaware generation can discover his genius. He will pay dearly for that when people shrug like "when doves what"? & not remastering his first 10 years of music. This ish is getting hard tryna match it to today’s sound systems. #frustrated
Now, we joked yesterday how we could not find a Prince video on youtube yesterday to go with a story but it is not a joke. Prince has NO official Youtube account and his video’s are disappearing again. 2 weeks ago, a video I posted of Prince and Whitney Houston together was taken down although in the past, his people were made aware of the video. It was used after Whitney’s passing as a tribute to her.
Quest brings up a point that many fans of Prince’s early work are frustrated with; no remaster’s. It would be frustrating without fan-made mastered versions such as "Controversy" "If Was Your Girlfriend" and "When Doves Cry" to name a few. Quest is right though as the younger generation is more and more finding out about music through Youtube.
YouTube right now is the *NUMBER ONE* place kids listen to music now.
When WE had a chance to talk to Prince about Youtube and his masters, it was something that he has put thought into.
We are not going to share that just yet but will say we agree with Questlove on this. It is something that Prince is set on.
We wish we could talk to Quest about this but sometime around the New York "Welcome 2 America" shows, we were blocked. Not sure why but because of it, anytime he has something to say about Prince or anything cool, unless someone retweets it, we NEVER see it, which TOTALLY sucks!
It would be great to have a Blu-Ray release of all his videos and an official Youtube channel.
When I think about the ways in which my nieces have discovered Michael Jackson or even the way I’ve found some older singers, I can’t help but agree with Questlove.
Now, what’s your spin?
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