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Prince and His Legacy

Photo Courtesy of Scott Penner


On Thursday, April 21 music icon Prince passed away at his home, Paisley Park, in the Minneapolis area. First responders found the 57-year-old unresponsive and tried to revive him. Prince is best known for songs such as "Purple Rain" and "Little Red Corvette."

Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing writer at Rolling Stone. He's met and interviewed Prince many times and says if there's one word to sum him up, it's experimentation.

"Prince's very early stuff was kind of traditional R&B," DeCurtis said. "And then he really rocked it up."

Prince drew inspiration from Jimi Hendrix and Little Richard. He also paved the way for black artists like Janelle Monae and The Roots. DeCurtis thinks Prince's biggest legacy was his fight for artistic freedom. 

"Prince saw it entirely in artistic terms. If you were an artist you should own your work, you should have responsibility for it. You should be able to create when you want and get it out to the people you want to get it out to. And that those were all your perogatives," DeCurtis said. 

Hundreds of fans gathered outside of Prince's home to mourn the artist's death.