Prince and His Iconic Legacy
Today we are celebrating a legend’s birthday.
Today, 63 years ago, Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Today, we remember not only numerous iconic fashion moments, but also an incredibly talented musician, who means so much to many people for different reasons.
Here a three things we adore Prince for:
#1 His Great Taste in Fashion
Probably no one can doubt that Prince is a fashion icon. His looks became a crucial part to his performances and a staple for his brand. From his earliest day back in the 70s, Prince always satisfied his audience with dazzling outfits and dynamic looks. No look was ever dull, but colourful and daring, maybe even revolutionary.
His earlier more natural looks were equally bold as his ruffled shirts and glittery two pieces during his Purple Rain-era. Curly hair, the upper lip mustache, and plenty of feathers, lace, and color - even up until his last performances in 2014, Prince always confidently owned his unique style.
#2 His Incredible Talent
I don’t think we need to talk about the many awards Prince won, but yes he deserved them! Prince was a singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, dancer, and performer on keyboards, drums, and bass. He was among the most talented American musicians of his generation, that's for sure. He was a unique composer who could perform at a professional level on all the instruments he required. A considerable number of his recordings feature him in all the performing roles. Chapeu, Prince!
Not only Prince’s talents were diverse, but also his musical style: He began recording funk and soul for a Black audience and reflected the impact of disco. Later records also show a wide range of influences, including punk, heavy metal, jazz, and hip-hop. Known for his expressive falsetto voice, Prince grew into funky dance music and soulful ballads.
#3 His Free Mind and Identity
Prince’s music was more than funky and danceable. It was also intense and serious. His lyrics often address sexuality and desire with frankness and imagination. Much of his work, in its lyrics and imagery, struggles with the constriction of social conventions and categories. As one of his biographers put it, “The whole thrust of Prince’s art can be understood in terms of a desire to escape the social identities thrust upon him by the simple virtue of his being small, black, and male.”
He explored his identity through his music and played with typographical oddities in order to evade convention. In 1993 he announced that he had changed his name to a combination of the male and female gender signs (see his necklace).
Furthermore, he fought for his intellectual property during the 90s and rebelled against the structure of record companies. Because of a fight with his label Warner Bros. Records he refused to use his name and was only referred to as TAFKAP (The Artist Formerly Known As Prince).
His on-off relationships with record labels symbolize Prince’s free mind and his longing for emancipation. Later he also explored the idea of marketing his music on the Internet and through private arrangements. Only after 2000, he began performing and releasing under the name ‘Prince’ again and even returned to Warner Brothers in 2014.
After many great collaborations, performances, albums, and award shows, Prince died at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016 due to an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid. His legacy will always be remembered and honored, his inventiveness and creativity always be valued, his music always be loved. Happy Birthday, Prince!