Questlove Lists 40 Reasons Why Prince Was a 'Hip-Hop Pioneer'

Questlove Lists 40 Reasons Why Prince Was a 'Hip-Hop Pioneer'

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1st i chuckled cause well…—ok it's been a min since I saw The Source but after I pondered —-yeah it made sense: 1) came from troubled home 2) limited access to music forces him to create his own world of music 3) Overcame Poverty 4) creates fictional background tales to keep the press guessing 5) lives by the DIY creed 6) takes fashion taboos & makes them mainstream and acceptable 7) cock blocks & steals yo lady on the low (ask Rick) 8) puts his crew on—get them deals & makes them stars 9) pretty much wrote the book on gettin some better than any of his contemporaries 10) had beef w his peers who hated on him 11) invented the remix (not disco edits, but reimagining the album version) 12) played mystery card—let us think what we wanted—gave the press middle finger 13) ghostwrote for everyone 14) used mad aliases 15) refused 2 b ordinary & eschewed the proper English language as a ways 2 communicate 16) knew the B side wins again and again 17) used the exotic honey to his advantage 18) used his music to give his views on the po po, politicians, gun control, war, god, squares & "the man" 19) turned a long music video into a revolution 20) best drum machine programmer ever 21) used synthesizers as a way of life 22) could make an entire album in less than a week 23) balled so hard in Paris & other parts of France—so he made a film about it. 24) cut his crew off and got a new crew. 25) went all hippie like it was nothing. 26) made dis records 27) never wifed em, mostly replaced em 28)started his own label 29) Parental Advisory was invented because of him 30) made a Black Album w a chip on shoulder to prove to black people he was still bad. 31) plays sports better than u 32) had mad songs in the stash 33) had an MTV mansion/compound long before anyone did 34) changed looks constantly 35)dropped music on the net in record time 36) looked out for his peeps on the low doing benefits and raising money like a modern day Robin Hood 37) tries taking on the man for his complete freedom 38) couldn't tell him NOTHING 39) always escaped into thin air 40) left us way too early #PrinceRogersNelson #HipHopPioneer. @TheSource.

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Questlove has been celebrating the musical legacy of Prince in a variety of ways since the legendary musician’s death back on April 21st. Questo penned an essay on Prince’s impact days after he died, shared stories about his own personal history with The Purple One, and introduced (and defended) Madonna’s controversial Prince tribute at the Billboard Music Awards two weeks ago.

This weekend, Questlove posted the Source’s cover tribute to Prince and acknowledged that seeing the rock/funk/dance/pop star on the cover of a hip-hop magazine was a little strange; but then he shared 40 reasons why he thinks Prince was actually a hip-hop pioneer in many ways.

“1st i chuckled cause well…—ok it’s been a min since I saw The Source but after I pondered —-yeah it made sense,” he wrote in the image caption, before listing his reasons. “1) came from troubled home 2) limited access to music forces him to create his own world of music 3) Overcame Poverty 4) creates fictional background tales to keep the press guessing 5) lives by the DIY creed 6) takes fashion taboos & makes them mainstream and acceptable.”

He went on to add several other Prince attributes that any rapper should be able to relate to.

“20) best drum machine programmer ever 21) used synthesizers as a way of life 22) could make an entire album in less than a week 23) balled so hard in Paris & other parts of France—so he made a film about it. 24) cut his crew off and got a new crew. 25) went all hippie like it was nothing. 26) made dis records 27) never wifed em, mostly replaced em.”

The list is funny and insightful–which sums up a lot of how Questlove approaches music. Check out the full list in the Instagram pic above.

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