Who Was Prince?

DCP Entertainment

Who Was Prince? is the ultimate look at the greatest and most mysterious musician of the modern era. Prince was a genius singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer but how did he create so much music, what was he like as a person, what was his childhood like? This eight episode series is built on interviews with people who were close to him—people who played in his bands, managed his career, engineered his music, or dated him. We explore his multiple personalities, his love of basketball, his insane work ethic, his ability to play almost every instrument, his love of clothes, his turbulent childhood where he left his parents, his romantic life, his baby who died after a few days, and his tragic end. We hear stories about Prince and Liz Taylor, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and many more. This is a deep look inside the life of an unforgettable man. read less

Our Editor's Take

Few musicians have ever reached the heights that Prince achieved during his lifetime. The podcast Who Was Prince? is interested in learning about the Minneapolis man behind the myth. The musician was in the public eye for over three decades. Yet he is still an enigma. This podcast, hosted by writer Touré, examines the man behind the legend.

Prince was a gifted singer and songwriter. He also could play almost every instrument he laid his hands on. He was one of the first artists who fervently believed in owning his master recordings. In short, the man started as a trendsetter and became an icon. His best-known songs, such as “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry,” became anthems for a generation. And Prince's Paisley Park home was the Graceland of its time. Fans knew of his passion for purple. And in his spare time, he played basketball. But what else was there to the man?

In many ways, The artist formerly (and currently) known as Prince was more of a symbol to his fans than he was a man. He even briefly changed his name to a symbol. Prince cultivated a great deal of mystique about his life. He declined to answer personal questions in interviews. When he died, many of his fans and collaborators realized they had never gotten to know him. Thus, a simple question begins to set in: Who Was Prince?

That is the question that the Who Was Prince? podcast sets out to answer. Who Was Prince? host Touré is a veteran music journalist who has been writing about Prince for decades. He even played basketball against the singer. The podcaster wrote I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon and Nothing Compares 2 U: An Oral History of Prince. As such, Touré is knowledgeable about his subject. Touré leaves space for the people he is interviewing to talk, like members of The Revolution. This allows listeners access to insights that they might not have otherwise learned.

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Honey, I’m Rich On Personality
Jun 19 2021
Honey, I’m Rich On Personality
Driven by Dreams: Prince's Journey from Basement Dweller to Global Superstar As I delved into the enigmatic world of Prince, I discovered a complexity that surpassed all expectations. His musical genius was just the tip of the iceberg, for beneath that maroon velour suit and that sly Cheshire Cat smile lay a multitude of contradictions. But just when I thought I had unraveled his intricacies, an unexpected twist emerged. A twist that would challenge everything I thought I knew about him. Join me on this captivating journey as we peel back the layers of Prince's complex personality, only to find ourselves at a crossroads of revelation and mystery. Will we ever truly understand the enigma that was Prince? 🌟 In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the multidimensional character of Prince that unveils an intriguing cocktail of musical expression. Gain insight into Prince's deep rooted passion for music as his personal language. Understand Prince's internal battles with trust and communication and how it molded his persona. Trace the impact of early life experiences on Prince's identity and its subsequent influence on his music. Explore the fascinating co-existence of Prince's human fragility and his powerful stage persona. Prince was complex. We dive into this deep look at who he really was by exploring his multiple personalities—the musicians in the Revolution had names for the four personalities they saw consistently. That’s right, four. If you were close to him he could be a joy to be around but he could also be very difficult. Toure once played one on one and two on two basketball with him at Paisley Park. We start our journey into Prince’s world by getting to know his personality. 🎧 Key Moments: 00:00:00 - Introduction 00:01:01 - Getting to Know the Real Prince 00:03:57 - Prince's Musical Genius 00:06:02 - Prince's Name and Basketball Game 00:10:22 - Prince's Fight for Freedom 00:13:39 - The Chicago Bulls and Music Ownership 00:14:43 - African Issues and Personal Responsibility 00:15:37 - Prince's Performance and Persona 00:17:13 - The Impermanence of the Internet 00:19:27 - Prince's Multiple Personalities 00:27:37 - Prince's Insulated Environment 00:28:06 - Prince's Struggle with Communication 00:28:32 - Prince's Language of Music 00:29:53 - Music as Prince's Compulsion 00:31:15 - Prince's Complexity  🎙"Prince was one of the greatest musicians of all time. He was a master of almost every part of the game." - Toure 📝 Credits: Host: Toure Executive Producers: Toure, Chris Colbert, Adell Coleman, & Ryan Woodhall Technical Producer: Byron Hunt Distributed by DCP Entertainment Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices