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640px-Prince_at_CoachellaLUMPENPROLETARIAT—It has been reported on free speech radio’s The Talkies that musical legend Prince has died today.  Dr. Rickey Vincent, who has taught courses on the history of funk, joined KPFA colleagues, including Greg Bridges (Transitions On Traditions) [2] to acknowledge, remember, and celebrate the life and music of Prince.

Prince has always been one of the most important musicians for many of us.  The first musical recording your author ever purchased was at the San Mateo Hillsdale Shopping Mall back in third grade.  It was a vinyl copy of Prince’s Controversy.  Prince continues to be, for many of us, one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time.

Mysteriously, the discussants on The Talkies mentioned TMZ has reported today Prince’s death.  Yet, no indication has been given as to the cause of death.  It seems particularly tragic, in a sense, as Prince had (at least, anecdotally, seemed to have) become increasingly politically outspoken, particularly with his outspoken stance in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.  Listen here. [1]

Today’s episode of Hard Knock Radio also dedicated its broadcast to Prince.  Listen here. [2]

UPDATE [22 APR 2016]  KPFA has collaborated with Professor of Funk, Dr. Rickey Vincent, host of KPFA’s History of Funk, to give the community a two-hour special Prince Tribute with DJ Rickey Vincent, featuring some of Prince’s well-known and some obscure recordings.  Rickey Vincent is, as always, a brilliant and mindful curatorListen (or download, for a limited time) here. [3]

UPDATE [25 APR 2016] Free speech radio’s History of Funk has also dedicated this week’s broadcast to the life and music of Prince.  This, being a late-night broadcast, is able to explore some of Prince’s grown-folk musical dimensions.  Listen here. [4]

Free speech radio’s Transitions On Traditions has dedicated this week’s broadcast to the life and music of Prince.  Host Greg Bridges presents us with a slightly more jazz-funk-fusion side of Prince, fitting nicely with the fusion flavour of Transitions On Traditions musical palette.  Listen here. [5]

UPDATE [1 MAY 2016]  Free speech radio’s After Hours (or Chocolate Beats) focused their broadcast for 1 MAY 2016 on the work of Prince, including many of the artists, which worked with Prince or were influenced by his musical styles.  Listen here. [6]

UPDATE [2 MAY 2016]  Free speech radio’s Thinkbeat Radio has dedicated their broadcast for 30 APR 2016 to the music of Prince, with an hour-long continuous mix with an emphasis on Prince‘s influential pre-Purple Rain fonk grooves, which came to be known as the Minneapolis Sound. Listen here. [7]

UPDATE [5 MAY 2016]  Celebrated comic Dick Gregory suspects foul play in Prince‘s sudden death. [8]

Messina

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HARD KNOCK RADIO—[21 APR 2016]  “What’s happenin’ folks?  Today on Hard Knock Radio, we reflect on the passage of the great musician and icon, Prince.  That comes up after these news headlines.”

[KPFA News Headlines]

AILEEN ALFANDARY:  “I’m Aileen Alfandary with KPFA News Headlines.

Prince, who was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of modern times has died at the age of 57.  He was found dead in his home and studio in suburban Minneapolis.

“So far, no cause of death has been announced.

“Fans all over the world are mourning his death.”

RICKEY VINCENT:  “It’s a sad day in the history of funk.”

AILEEN ALFANDARY:  “Rickey Vincent is a UC Berkeley African-American Studies lecturer and author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band.  He also hosts a Friday night show on KPFA [entitled The History of Funk].

“Vincent joined host Kris Welch shortly after the news broke of Prince’s death.  Vincent commented on Prince’s versatility.”  (c. 2:54)

RICKEY VINCENT:  “So, he would give you some rockabilly, or he would give you some, you know, silly songs.  And he would just get, you know, nasty under the covers.  And he would be determined to be more diverse than you think you can be on a record.”

AILEEN ALFANDARY:  “President Obama released a statement saying he and his wife joined millions of fans from around the world in mourning Prince’s sudden death.  Obama hosted Prince at the White House last year.”

[News Headlines truncated by scribe]  (c. 4:45)

AILEEN ALFANDARY:  “The rapper Equipto and two others began a hunger strike outside the Mission Police Station in San Francisco, saying they’ll only take liquids until San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr resigns or is fired.

Ike Pinkston is another of the hunger strikers.”

IKE PINKSTON:  “It pains me to know that my children can be any one of these children, that are shot or killed up here by S.F.P.D.

“So, I, myself, am going on this hunger strike, not just for myself, but for my children.  I feel I owe it to my children, to these children, to the future, not just San Francisco, but to our nation.”

AILEEN ALFANDARY:  “Activists have been calling for Chief Suhr’s dismissal since the police shooting death in December of Mario Woods.  They also point to the fatal police shootings of Alex Nieto and Almicar Perez Lopez.

“I’m Aileen Alfandary; more on these and other stories at six on the Pacifica Evening News.”  (c. 5:42)

[music break:  big band jazz sound; then Hard Knock Radio intro audio collage]

(c. 9:15)  “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince and the Revolution  (c. 13:48)

GREG BRIDGES:  “This is Greg Bridges with Hard Knock Radio.

“And, as the world has heard, we are all kind of reeling from, and trying to make sense of and process, the news, that we heard just a little while ago about the passing of one of music’s true icons, one of music’s true geniuses.  And we’re speaking of Prince.

“And with me today are a couple of cats, whose voices you’ve heard on these airwaves, a couple of cats who you have heard Prince and their musical mixes at one time or another.  I’m speaking of my man, [inaudible] Will and Rickey Vincent.”

[SNIP]

Learn more at HARD KNOCK RADIO.

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Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” (1990, 1992) by Prince

One more card and it’s twenty two
Unlucky for him again
He never had respect for money; it’s true
That’s why he never wins
That’s why he never ever has enough
To treat his lady right
He just pushes her away in a huff
And says, ‘Money don’t matter tonight’

Money don’t matter tonight
It sure didn’t matter yesterday
Just when you think you’ve got more than enough
That’s when it all up and flies away
That’s when you find out that you’re better off
Makin’ sure your soul’s alright
‘Cos money didn’t matter yesterday,
And it sure don’t matter tonight

Look, here’s a cool investment
They’re tellin’ him he just can’t lose
So, he goes off and tries to find a partner
But all he finds are users (users)
All he finds are snakes in every colour
Every nationality and size
Seems like the only thing that he can do
Is just roll his eyes, and say that

Money don’t matter tonight (don’t matter)
It sure didn’t matter yesterday
Just when you think you’ve got more than enough
That’s when it all up and flies away
That’s when you find out that you’re better off
Makin’ sure your soul’s alright (soul’s alright)
‘Cos money didn’t matter yesterday (don’t matter)
And it sure don’t matter tonight

(ooh wee-ooh, don’t matter)

Hey now, maybe we can find a good reason
To send a child off to war
So, what if we’re controllin’ all the oil?
Is it worth a child dying for? (Is it worth it?)
If long life is what we all live for
Then long life will come to pass
Anything is better than the picture of a child
In a cloud of gas
And you think you got it bad

Money don’t matter tonight (no, don’t matter)
It sure didn’t matter yesterday (yesterday)
Just when you think you’ve got more than enough
That’s when it all up and flies away (flies away, flies away)
That’s when you find out that you’re better off
Makin’ sure your soul’s alright (make certain that your soul’s alright)
‘Cos money didn’t matter yesterday
It sure don’t matter tonight

Money don’t matter tonight
It sure didn’t matter yesterday (yesterday, yesterday)
Just when you think you’ve got more than enough
That’s when it all up and flies away (flies away, flies away)
That’s when you find out that you’re better off
Makin’ sure your soul’s alright
Money didn’t matter yesterday
And it sure don’t matter tonight

Songwriters:  GAINES, ROSIE / ROGERS NELSON, PRINCE

“Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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They say: Curiosity killed the cat

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This video exemplifies the sundry concerns of foul play and speculation amongst Prince’s stunned audience, who knew the artist as a healthy vegetarian who seemed to avoid intoxicants, despite his long-running injuries to his hips resulting from decades of dancing on high-heeled boots, including performing spectacular pirouettes and front splits, which evidently required painkillers to endure, since Prince seemed to have refuse hip surgery, apparently because his Jehova’s Witness religion opposed blood transfusions, consent for which may have been required for hip surgery.

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[Prior to Prince’s death, this website published an unconfirmed report suggesting Prince may have been battling a life-threatening illness, re-posting a rumour, which had circulated on other tabloid-like publications.]

MEDIA TAKEOUT—[16 APR 2016]

April 16, 2016: MediaTakeOut.com just received word that a VERY popular African-American celebrity – who has recently been in the news – now has what is being described as AIDS. Obviously since we are not able to 100% confirm the story – we’re going to leave it as a Blind Item. We want to make it clear we are NOT talking about Magic Johnson.

This report REALLY hurt our heart.

According to a person EXTREMELY CLOSE to the situation, the celebrity, who is known for having a very EXTREME sexual past reportedly contracted the illness sometime in the 1990s. He kept the illness quiet but began taking his medication RELIGIOUSLY up until about two years ago. Here’s what we’re told by a VERY trusted entertainment insider:

[The celebrity] believed that he was cured, and he had some crazy [religious] people who told him that God cured him. So he stopped taking his medication and the sickness came back. Now doctors say he’s dying, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.”

We’re told that the celebrity is expected to get sicker and sicker, and eventually pass. It can happen as soon as the summer.

Very sad news.

Learn more at MEDIA TAKEOUT.

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[1]  Terrestrial radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  The Talkies, this episode hosted by Kris Welch, with KPFA DJ’s Rickey Vincent (The History of Funk), Greg Bridges (Transitions On Traditions) and Last Will (The Talkies), for Thursday, 21 APR 2016, 11:00 PDT.  [N.B.:  Per past experience, this broadcast may or may not be deleted by the KPFA authorities two weeks after the initial broadcast date, as it’s a new broadcast.  Music of the World, which used to air Monday through Friday at 11:00 PDT has been replaced by new programming.  Music of the World will be condensed to a two-hour broadcast Saturday mornings from 09:00 to 11:00 PDT.]  [As of Friday, 6 MAY 2016, this free speech radio broadcast has been deleted from the audio archive web page.]

[2]  Terrestrial radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  Hard Knock Radio, this episode hosted by Greg Bridges with Dr. Rickey Vincent and Will Nichols, Thursday, 21 APR 2016, 16:00 PDT.  [N.B.:  For some unfortunate reason, Hard Knock Radio removes all of its broadcasts from the archives two weeks after the broadcast date.]

[3]  Terrestrial radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  Prince Tribute with DJ Rickey Vincent, hosted by Dr. Rickey Vincent with Will Nichols, Friday, 22 APR 2016, 11:00 PDT.  [N.B.:  For obvious copyright reasons this broadcast will likely be removed from KPFA’s archive webpage within two weeks after the initial broadcast date.]

Brief (perhaps, incomplete) summary:

[4]  Terrestrial radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  The History of Funk, hosted by Rickey Vincent, Friday, 22 APR 2016, 20:00 PDT.

[5]  Terrestrial radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  Transitions On Traditions, hosted by Greg Bridges, Monday, 25 APR 2016, 20:00 PDT.

Playlist:

  • “Shout Out” by Sekou Sundiata
  • “Baltimore” by Prince
  • “And God Created Woman” by Prince
  • “Letitgo” by Prince
  • “If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Prince
  • “When You Were Mine” by Prince
  • “Partyman” by Prince
  • “Computer Blue” by Prince
  • “17 Days” by Prince
  • “Automatic” by Prince
  • “South” by Prince
  • “Crazy You” by Prince
  • “De Bang” by Prince
  • “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” by Prince
  • “Thieves In the Temple” by Prince
  • “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” by Prince
  • “She Spoke 2 Me” by Prince
  • “Money Don’t Matter” by Prince
  • “Dinner With Delores” by Prince
  • “Black Muse” by Prince
  • “The Most Beautiful Girl In the World (Mustang Mix)” by Prince
  • “New World Symphony (live)” by Earth, Wind & Fire

[6]  Terrestrial four-hour-long radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  After Hours, hosted by hosts Tonita(sp?), D Minor(sp?), and T(sp?), Sunday, 1 MAY 2016, 01:00 PDT.  (Oddly, KPFA also lists Chocolate Beats Radio, as having been broadcast during the same broadcast time-slot from 1am to 5am.  Chocolate Beats Radio also lists an identical playlist somehow.  Perhaps, Chocolate Beats Radio has been preempted by After Hours.  Perhaps, After Hours is typically a two-hour broadcast.)

Playlist:

  • Discussion of local news and events, including the anti-police terrorism hunger strike by SF Bay Area rapper Equipto, of Bored Stiff and numerous collaborations with Andre Nickatine, Edward Lindo(sp?), Selassie, and two other comrades.  The hunger strikers have been dubbed the Frisco Five.  [Selassie is a long-time SF Bay Area artist and activist, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with over the years, especially after I covered Michael Moore’s visit to Oscar Grant Square in Oakland, California with Abby Martin and Media Roots.]
  • After Hours” by Johnny Taylor
  • (c. 18:10) “Struggle No More” by Anthony Hamilton (taken from Daddy’s Little Girl)
  • “Black Lullaby” by Angela Johnson (taken from Naturally Me)
  • “Better For Me” by Algebra Blessett (taken from Recovery)
  • “Takeoff” by Prince
  • “Scandalous” by Prince
  • “NPG Operator” by Prince
  • “Love Sign” by Prince
  • “Condition of the Heart” by Prince
  • “South” by Prince”
  • “My Stick” by The Time (taken from What Time Is It?)
  • “Love Bazaar” by Sheila E (taken from Sheila E)
  • “If A Girl Answers” by Vanity 6 (taken from Vanity 6)
  • “Affection” by Ta Mara and The Seen (taken from Ta Mara & The Seen)
  • “Screams of Passion” by The Family (taken from The Family)
  • “Sex Shooter” by Apollonia 6 (taken from Apollonia 6)
  • Honeymoon Express” (1987) by Wendy & Lisa
  • “One” by Madhouse (taken from Madhouse 8)
  • “Dopamine Rush” by Eric Leeds (taken from Times Square)
  • “I Wanna Be Your Lover” by Prince
  • “For You” by Prince (taken from For You)
  • “If I Was Your Girlfriend” by Janet (taken from Janet)
  • “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” by Faith Evans (with Mary J. Blige) (taken from Faith)
  • Heard It All Before” by Sunshine Anderson (taken from Your Woman)
  • “Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson (taken from Jennifer Hudson)
  • “Drifter” by Dawnari
  • “Diary” by Alicia Keys (with Tony! Toni! Tone) (taken from The Diary of Alicia Keys
  • “Let’s Stay Together” by Lyfe Jennings (taken from The Pheonix)
  • “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (1987) by Prince (taken from Sign “” The Times
  • “Jazz Liberatorz” by Fatlib & T Love
  • “What Time It Is” by Cornel West (with Jill Scott)
  • “Can I” by One Way
  • “Sex, Love & Money” by Yasin Bey aka Yasin Gaye
  • “Love Sign” by Prince
  • “Sex Machine” by Sly Stone
  • “Here We Go Again” by Isley Brothers
  • “The Look In Your Eyes” by Maze
  • “Truth” by Handsome Boy Modeling School
  • “Sensual Everafter” by Prince
  • (c. 1:38:45) back to the hosts, which refer to the broadcast as After Hours
  • (c. 1:39:50)  “Sometimes It Snows In April” (piano instrumental) with poetry read by host
  • (c. 1:47:00) “Diamonds and Pearls (instrumental)” by Prince and The New Power Generation

[7]  Terrestrial four-hour-long radio transmission, 94.1 FM (KPFA, Berkeley, CA) with online simulcast and digital archiving:  Thinkbeat Radio, hosted by Wonway Posibul and Dion Decibels, Saturday, 30 APR 2016, 01:00 PDT.  [N.B.:  Music programmes are usually deleted from the KPFA archives two weeks after the initial broadcast date.]

It was definitely an epic Prince Party at Thinkbeat Radio with this continuous DJ/turntablist mix.  Listen to your body, listen to your lower chakra, and get yo’ groove on, my friends.

Playlist (incomplete, rough notes):

  • brief introduction
  • Prince Party Mix by DJ Dion Decibels
    • (c. 1:00) ‘My Name Is Prince’ by Prince
    • (c. 2:45) ‘New Age’ by Prince
    • (c. 7:00) ‘3121’
    • (c. 10:30)
    • (c. 12:30) “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (1987) by Prince
    • (c. 15:00) “I Wonder U” (1986) by Prince and The Revolution
    • (c. 16:30) “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker” (1987) by Prince
    • (c. 20:00)
    • [continuous mix continues]
    • (c. 41:00) “1999” by Prince
    • (c. 44:00)
    • (c. 46:00)
    • (c. 51:00) “Erotic City” by Prince
    • (c. 54:50) “Do Me, Baby” (1981) by Prince
  • (c. 56:00) Programme hosts describe the preceding continuous mix
  • (c. 1:00:00) An interview with DJ Anthony Valdez (from KCRW)
  • (c. 1:17:00) Begin improvised turntablist mix by DJ Anthony Valdez
    • “New World Symphony” (elements) by Earth, Wind & Fire
    • [continuous mix continues]
    • (c. 1:58:00) end of DJ Anthony Valdez mix
  • Shout out to Equipto and the Frisco 5 hunger strikers camped out in front of San Francisco’s Mission District Police Station currently on Day 9 or 10 of their hunger strike against police terrorism, police killing with impunity, and calling for the firing of San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr.
  • (c. 2:00:00) Prince audio documentary and music turntablist mix
    • “Head”
    • (c. 2:09:00) “Soft and Wet” by Prince
    • (c. 2:11:30) “1999” by Prince
    • (c. 2:14:00) “Controversy” by Prince
    • [continuous mix still going c. 2:15:00]

[8]  Dick Gregory:  ‘They Killed Prince’

Comedian/Activist DICK GREGORY shared his perspective on the recent deaths of Prince and Afeni Shakur as well as the recent sale of the Beatles publishing rights to Sony in this exclusive clip by ReelBlack TV.  Photographed on 4 May 2016. Camera: Les Rivera.  Interviewer: Mike D.  (More Dick Gregory: Understanding clips coming soon to Reel Black TV.)

[Working Draft transcript by Messina for Lumpenproletariat and the ReelBlack Podcast]

THE REELBLACK PODCAST SERIES presents:  Dick Gregory, Understanding “They Killed Prince”

MIKE D:  “The queen turned 90.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Hm?”

MIKE D:  “The Queen [of England] just turned 90.  There was a big celebration.  And, coincidentally, it was the same day, that Prince passed away.”

DICK GREGORY:  “And it was the same day she was here in Washington, D.C.”

MIKE D:  “—”

DICK GREGORY:  “Front page of The Washington Post [brief pause] got her and her family dressed in [long pause] pink [brief pause]purple.  And that’s when she announced that Charles won’t get the—it’s gon’ skip over him and point to the lil’ boy, the prince [laughs ironically] the same day they killed Prince.

They killed Prince on the planeAnd that plane is owned by Warren Buffet. [laughs wryly]

“And, um, so, those are the games they play, man.”

MIKE D:  “Well, let’s talk about Prince ‘cos, um, you knew Prince; right?”

DICK GREGORY:  “M-m. [nodding no]  No, he knew me.”

MIKE D:  “Okay.”

DICK GREGORY:  “He talked about me because of the [gesticulates circles with his index fingers]—I don’t hang out with entertainers.  But there’s no way that, now, that they’ve come out that he died from AIDS.  Okay?”

MIKE D:  “M-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Well, remember, the night that he died, the next day he was on the plane.  That same night, they put him on the plane, he did a one-man concert at eight o’clock, and then another one.

“You saw him.  Did he look like he was dying from AIDS? [asking incredulously]

MIKE D:  “No.”

DICK GREGORY:  “No, man.  The case is closed.  [SNIP]  “

MIKE D:  “Why did they want him dead now?”

DICK GREGORY:  “See, you ask me shit, that I don’t qualify to answer. [agitatedly]

MIKE D:  “Okay. [softly]

DICK GREGORY:  “Why did they want him dead now?  Huh? [aggressively]

MIKE D:  “Well, I’m asking you.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Because the white folks that killed him, they not like niggas and ignorant white folk.  I’ll kill you, motherfucka!  They’ll do it ten years later.

“Now, if I had to guess, I think when he went in to that record company and talked to them folks with that ‘SLAVE’ thing on him. [gesticulating to face painting]  That’s what got him killed.

“They ain’t killed no nigga for some money.  That ain’t nothing but chump change he got.  Hm?  Chump change.”

MIKE D:  “So, like a lot of people are saying:  He had gotten a lot of the rights to his recordings.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Had gotten what?

MIKE D:  “The rights to his master recordings.”

“Well, they’ll tell you that, so you can repeat it.  How you know?”

MIKE D:  “He had said it.”

“Huh?”

MIKE D:  “His lawyers had said it.

“How you know it was him?  How you know who his fuckin’ lawyers was?”

“Okay.”

“See, that’s where you—you talkin’ to the master. [stamps hand on his desk]  But I got the listeners.  You know how many agents?!  The number one government agent is the man in Chicago’s brother!  Huh?!  Okay?

“Ain’t nothin’ but CIA.  Huh?

“So, you all comin’ up with this little old weak shit.”

MIKE D:  “Well, I’m just curious.”

DICK GREGORY:  “No!  You can’t be curious out of ignorance.”

MIKE D:  “Okay.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Huh?!”

MIKE D[failing to move on and change the subject]  “Alright.  So—”

DICK GREGORY:  “I just told you what I thought!” [shouting; beating his chest; losing patience]

MIKE D:  “Yes, sir.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Okay.  But they’re gon’ tell you the muthafucka didn’t have no insurance, no will.  But that mothafucka gon’ do his hair [gesticulating hair pampering] before he goes out.  Mothafucka swish the back of his clothes to make sure it ain’t no lint on it.  But they can convince you he didn’t have no goddamned will?  If you hate all your family, you do what that woman did, the billionaire woman in New York, Helmsley, left it to her goddamned dog.”

MIKE D:  “M-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “But ya’ll can’t even see that ‘cos these crackas told you about the nigga.  Huh?  It’s a game.  It’s a fucking game, man.  (c. 3:56)

“The most important thing is that plane he was on is owned by Warren Buffet.  He’s the one that rents the planes.”

MIKE D:  “So, there were pictures, that TMZ circulated, of Prince riding a bicycle and waiting outside of a Walgreen’s.”

DICK GREGORY:  “I’m surprised you asked me that.  I mean this is for the people.”

MIKE D:  “H-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “That was after he came back from Atlanta.”

MIKE D:  “H-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Hm?”

MIKE D:  “H-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “They, before, he died, outside the compound.  And you didn’t see no crowds around the mothafucka. Hey, Prince!

MIKE D:  “Mm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Hm?  Then, who in the fuck is TMZ?”

MIKE D:  “They’re owned by Time-Warner.”

DICK GREGORY:  “And who the fuck is Time-Warner?”

MIKE D:  “His old record company.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Huh?”

MIKE D:  “His old record company.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Okay.  Well, case closed.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Hm?”

MIKE D:  “M-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “It’s a game.

“We even investigated the fuckin’ mayor, the mayor of that little town.  He said he ain’t never even met Prince.  Okay?

Oh?

“Okay.

“It’s a game, man.  Hm?”

MIKE D:  “So, I mean, last thing on that.  I know Tavis Smiley, after Prince—“

DICK GREGORY:  “Huh?”

MIKE D:  “After Prince passed, Tavis Smiley said that he introduced you to Prince and that you had talked.”  (c. 5:33)

DICK GREGORY[nodding his head, no]  “He introduced him to a show I did.  I’ve never met Prince.”

MIKE D:  “Okay.”

DICK GREGORY:  “I don’t hang out with entertainers, nor athletes.”

MIKE D:  “Okay.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Hm?”

MIKE D:  “So, you saw when he did the State of the Union Address and talked about the chem trails.”

DICK GREGORY:  “M-hm.”

MIKE D:  “You, you turned him on to something.”

DICK GREGORY:  “I don’t have to—the truth don’t have to be validated by ignorance.  Huh?  I don’t have to be validated—“

MIKE D:  “M-hm.”

DICK GREGORY:  “—especially by an entertainer.

MIKE D:  “So, since we last talked I know you said that Michael Jackson‘s passing—he was killed; but it had nothing to do with his Sony catalogue.  The estate just sold the rights back to The Beatles, the catalogue back.”

DICK GREGORY:  “That didn’t happen until after he was dead.  He bought The Beatles for $12 million.  After they killed him, they sold it for $2 million.

“That’s white supremacy.  Nigga you can’t own this.

MIKE D:  “Well, this may be unrelated.  I don’t know.  It just happened yesterday, as we tape this.  Yesterday, Tupac‘s mom just passed away.”

DICK GREGORY:  “Yeah.  Well, the important thing about Tupac‘s mom is the movie, that just came out last Friday with, uh, [long pause] the number one acting guy in the world, now.”

MIKE D:  “Oh, Tom Hanks?”

DICK GREGORY:  “Tom Hanks.”

MIKE D:  “The, um, hologram?”

DICK GREGORY:  “The first person to use a fuckin’ hologram was Tupac., after he died.  But d’you ever put that together?  And all at once?  He’s in Saudi Arabia.  Ain’t nobody seen the king in two years.  And the king shows up all of a—and, then, Thursday he’s dead.”

[End of Dick Gregory interview]

[Video cuts to a separate interview with Ice Cube and Deon Cole promoting Barber Shop: The Next Cut]

ICE CUBE:  “America promotes you to be Donal Trump.”

DEON COLE:  “Yeah.”

ICE CUBE:  “America promotes that this is the way you wanna be.  You wanna be rich.  You wanna be powerful.  You don’t wanna give a damn about nobody else.  You wanna do what you wanna do, say you what you wanna say.  Hey, I’m a capitalist.”

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[PRINCE & THE NEW POWER GENERATION lyrics are property and copyright of their owners.  “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” lyrics are provided here for educational and personal use only.]

[21 APR 2016]

[Last modified  20:59 PDT  6 MAY 2016]

 

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