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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Interview: FOTDP

Posted by funkatop On September - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
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Federation of The Disco Pimp
Mr. Christopher interviews Marco from Scottish band Federation Of The Disco Pimp.

The interview is lively and fun as they talk about touring and the future of funk. They’ve been storming the world since 2010 and have already played with Pee Wee Ellis, have an album produced by Joel Hamilton (Lettuce, Elvis Costello, Justin Timberlake), and stolen away the Scottish Culture Award from the Scottish Ballet.

This interview is not to be missed.

FUNKEDUP Funkatopia’s Radio App

Posted by funkatop On August - 17 - 2016 4 COMMENTS
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FUNKED UP - Funkatopia Music App

Update!

Android Users! CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW ANDROID APP!
I-Phone Users: CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW i-Phone APP!

Funkatopia is proud to announce that we now have an official Android and i-Phone app called FUNKEDUP.

FUNKEDUP showcases funk music from around the world as well as tons of unsigned funk bands from the four corners of the earth and more lost cuts from Prince than you can possibly shake a stick at!

Now you can listen everywhere to your favorite funk tunes. And if you’re a Prince junkie, you are definitely in the right place.

So download the app and take all of it in in all its funky goodness!

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Exclusive Interview: Prince Artist Spencer Derry

Posted by funkatop On August - 13 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
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Prince wearing Spencer Derry artAfter Prince‘s passing, many people reflected on how Prince touched their lives and in many ways Spencer Derry had a lot to be very thankful for.

Spencer Derry‘s artwork was always either sublime and ethereal or erotic in nature, but his work caught the eye of Prince who commissioned Derry to create a series of pieces for him to use to support his then upcoming tour.

Funkatopia sat down with Spencer Derry to get the full story on the email that would forever change his life.

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How long have you been a professional artist?

6 years and 8 months

How did Prince come to find you and hire your services?

I was showcasing my Prince art from my pseudonym Twitter account 3rdeyeboy, since January 2013. The band members saw my art in 2013-14, when I posted illustrations and concert posters that I had created. A handful of them were uploaded  or shared by 3rdeyegirl members. I received an email from Paisley Park in April 2014 where Prince had seen my Twitter account and I was the first artist to create a 3rdeye art illustration of Prince that I created it on 7th Jan 2013 and it was my profile image until April 2014.

How involved was Prince in the development process?

I received emails from his assistants relating to my art.  Prince wanted certain artworks that he had seen via email or internet, so I would email illustrations to the team and Prince would decide which ones worked.

Did he have a general idea of what he wanted or did he give you freedom to do what you wanted?

I would say there was about 99% total freedom as I created the art and then emailed it over.  If they liked it, I would receive a reply. The main request I received from Prince was the 3rdeyelens drawing. Prince asked for an afro rather than straight hair- my rough original was created in early 2013, so I had to recreate a second version in April 2014.

Spencer Derry art

Did you ever speak to Prince directly on the phone or was everything pretty much email? 

Everything was through email.

You like to focus a lot of eroticism in your art. Do you feel like that experience translated well into creating the pieces he commissioned you for?

No not really, but perhaps early Prince music involving sexual themes influenced my art.

Prince - Spencer Derry shirtWas there something specific that he indicated he liked about your work or style?

I think he liked my work because he thought the style was striking and original.  I could tune into what Prince wanted through a sixth sense process.

How stressful was it to know that you were creating drawings for Prince?

I was ill the first time I had to create an art commission! I had one day to create it, I think that was stressful; I must have completed three versions until I decided which one worked best. After that I wasn’t stressed as I saw the work as a professional task for a client.

Have you been out in public and seen your work on shirts or other merchandise and how did you feel about it?

I’ve never seen anyone wearing merchandise with the art I created upfront in public, but I saw photos of fans wearing Free Urself and the original 3rdeye Prince shirt on the Internet. I was happy with how the T-shirts looked.  It would have been good to see Prince wearing my artwork on the last ever UK HITNRUN Part II Arena Tour in 2014 but I was ill so didn’t go.

Where were you the first time you saw Prince wearing a shirt with your artwork on it and what thoughts were going through your head?

I was at my desk, I thought I wouldn’t go on the computer until midday.  I knew Prince had just played his first concert arena on 15th May 2014 at Birmingham, LG Arena. I had a vision the night before- a clear image in my mind of Prince walking on stage with my artwork on his tunic.  I was taken aback when I saw the photo highlights from the concert on my alias account. My wife was proud of my achievement, I was amazed.

Have sales of your artwork increased as a result of your involvement with Prince?

Core fans and team members know what I have achieved but I’ve mainly kept in the background. I’ve had commissions from some fans and a musician who worked with Prince.  I don’t sell Prince art to the general public. My surreal and erotic art caters for a niche market at present.

Spencer Derry artwork - Large - In ConcertWhere were you when you heard about his death and how did it make you feel?

I was finishing my art for the day, my wife got a text from a friend.  I felt stunned and nostalgic.

Are cool/funny stories relating to Prince that you can share? Like any one-on-one conversations, specific requests he made to changing the artwork that made you scratch your head, etc?

I had drawn an illustration of Prince with Wendy and Lisa in January 2013 and I remember posting it that day on social media.  Prince was playing a concert at Dakota Jazz Club that night. A fan tweeted me and said, “It’s Windy and Lisa”.  The next day I heard the soundboard of the track ‘Chapter and Verse’  and Prince said “It’s Windy outside, it’s Windy and Lisa outside” and the crowd laughed.

I stopped the 3rdeyeboy, Twitter and FB accounts because I was burnt out after three years of posting news, art and also because some fans thought I was Prince – I received naked photographs from female fans, which I didn’t mind but my wife saw these and told me to stop.

And if there are any links to galleries, books or merchandise you can share for fans who want to know more about your work? 

If fans want to follow my social media links- I mainly post links to artworks of adult surreal erotic art, but will sometime tweet about Prince.

www.facebook.com/spencerjohnderryart/

twitter.com/spencerderryart

and of course, https://princeillustrations.blogspot.com/

Prince Has DNA-Confirmed Son?

Posted by funkatop On July - 28 - 2016 10 COMMENTS
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Prince Baby Rattle

The Santa Monica Observer just dropped a rumor bombshell that Prince has a son located in the Midwest in his 30’s which they claim was verified by DNA test.

While this is still yet to be fleshed out as definitive fact with visual proof, we’re sure that Prince‘s camp is trying their best to keep a lid on things until all is proven and thrice-verified.

The mother claimed to have had many encounters with Prince and performed in many of the same venues with Prince in the 80’s, but was never in any of Prince‘s bands. It’s also not clear as to whether Prince was even aware that he had a son. Again, if it’s true.

Over 700 tests were submitted to the independent firm located in Santa Monica and pretty much all came back negative with exception to this one which confirmed that it was a 99% match for this man currently in his 30’s.

Santa Monica Observer states, “The claimant, who never met his father, has negotiated with the Singer’s estate and preserved his privacy (i.e., his mother desired anonymity) until today. However, if he wants to share in his estate, he will have to either settle his claim, or come forward with a legal filing in Court by the end of September.”

That essentially means that he has to reveal his identity if he wishes to take over the estate or settle for a percentage and keep his identity hidden.

This certainly has to be very upsetting to his only full sister Tyka Nelson who was the heir apparent to his estimated $300 million dollar estate.

In the current situation, the DNA tests will certainly be verified and re-verified, but it’s still unknown as to what route Prince‘s now alleged son will choose that will ultimately decide the future of Prince‘s Paisley Park, as well as his music distribution. Stay tuned….

Review: Kendra Foster (2016)

Posted by funkatop On July - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
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Kendra Foster albumFor many, Kendra Foster may not be a household name to most, but if you’re a funk fan, you’ve seen her and you know her work. She has sat in the shadows singing background for some of the most prolific names in funk from George Clinton to Parliament Funkadelic to D’Angelo and many others.

Whenever she appeared on the projects of other musicians, her jazz inflections and amazing presence were always breathtaking.

From her prowess on songs like Mike Zabrin‘s The Other Side, Sub Swara‘s Nectar, The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown track Mantra or even just being in the background of Parliament’s Live at Montreux, her voice is undeniable.

And many don’t know that she was essentially a co-writer on D’Angelo‘s award winning Black Messiah for many of the songs and according to a recent interview with Complex, it won’t be the last we’ll hear from D’Angelo and the Vanguard in the near future.

So it was only a matter of time before she decided to do a full blown album of her own and it is one of the best albums we’ve heard this year.

Where 2011 gave us her first “official” album produced by George Clinton entitled Myriadmorphonicbiocorpomelodicrealityshapeshifter, it seemed like a great collection of tunes and was simply euphoric. It was a very good sign of things to come.

And came it did. This time around we have a brand new self titled album Kendra Foster and it is this side of magic. And by this side of magic, we mean that you get to the magic line and then cross over into bliss.

The new album is a collaboration with Kelvin Wooten who has already garnered a name for himself with production work with Raphael Saadiq, Jill Scott, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and Anthony Hamilton. The two have collaborated for many years and the album has been brewing for nearly a decade.

The 12 song collection is filled with vibes that only Jill Scott and Erykah Badu had created in the past where you just sat back and soaked in the grooves. Kendra Foster’s new album was done with such focus and verve, tracks thick with fat bass riffs, intricate vocal melodies, booming audio, and enough vocal gymnastics to soothe the savage melody beast.

The opening poppy track Respect is reminiscent and spray painted with a Janelle Monae level of energy complete with satisfying horn lines. Then followed by Promise To Stay Here that gives you a taste of the funky soul bass licks that you can expect to thump with throughout the remainder of the album.

There is so much to enjoy from all of the tracks on the album along with a lot of surprises like stutter stepped songs like Potency, lustful jams, and even Kendra’s beautiful voice filtered through Autotune on the closing Take Our Time.

We can only suggest that you move very quickly to check out this album and pick up a copy for yourself. It’s one of the first fantastic funk soul albums we’ve heard in a long while that serves as a complete collection of super solid tunes.

You can guarantee that it will have a place on the Best of 2016 list at the end of the year. Get it now on Amazon or also on iTunes.

Exclusive Interview: Analog Son

Posted by funkatop On June - 30 - 2016 1 COMMENT
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Analog Son

Mr. Christopher sat down with Jordan Linit of Analog Son via Skype to talk about their upcoming tour that has them all over the Northwest including the upcoming Arise Festival.

Mr. Christopher picked up on Analog Son back more than two years ago in 2014 (see his original review here) and immediately began getting the word out to people who could flip the switch for them including John Heintz of the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown and also reaching out to The New Mastersounds.

Here we are two years later and Analog Son is actively playing and touring with The New Mastersounds, Lettuce, Orgone, and others. Chris finally sits down and discusses their future, live recordings and much more only right here at Funkatopia. Nowhere else.

BET Tributes Worthy Of Prince

Posted by funkatop On June - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
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Sheila E Pince tribute

Sheila E‘s Prince tribute at the 2016 BET Awards was finally the tribute everyone had expected to see.

We had already heard Purple Rain played incessantly as well as Nothing Compares 2 U for weeks before Madonna‘s tribute aired on May 22, 2016 (almost exactly one month after his passing). So for her to choose those two specific songs for her tribute sorely lacked any insight. Not even Stevie Wonder‘s presence could fix what seemed forced and almost obligatory.

The BET Awards set out to fix that blunder and Prince phasers were set to stun in order to wash away the bad taste that had been left behind. While we were now a full 2+ months removed from his death, the artists that knew him best were there to set the record straight.

The evening of tributes started with Dave Chappelle who introduced The Roots with Erykah Badu and Bilal. Erykah started with Ballad of Dorothy Parker in its entirety which was then followed by a near perfect vocal rendition of The Beautiful Ones by Bilal complete with floor grinding.

Prince Tribute-roots

The tributes continued with Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly doing the Purple Rain duet Take Me With U followed by Jennifer Hudson garbed in white and performing a slowed down soulful version of Purple Rain with The Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas complete with a standing ovation.

Prince Tribute-Jennifer

Maxwell then took to the stage to perform his new song Lake By The Ocean followed by a heavily orchestrated Nothing Compares 2 U and altering the lyrics to “It’s been 7 hours and 66 days since you took your music away, and It’s been so lonely without U here. I’m like these records that don’t have a song., then I can play my radio station in anyplace I want, but nobody ever sounds like you. I went to the record store, I went to the Apple, Spotify too, and they told me ‘Boy you’d better try to make some music, which you can’t do – ’cause Prince is the truth!

Prince Tribute-Maxwell

Janelle Monae then took to the stage and fired out with a blast of kinetic energy through a blistering collection of tunes including Delirious, Kiss, Pop Life and then closing with I Would Die 4 U complete with ass-less pants hidden by a flowing short cape.

Prince Tribute-Janelle

However, the big bang came from Prince‘s former fiance’ Sheila E who served as the surprise vocalist for her tribute which was supposed to be fronted by D’Angelo who had mysteriously dropped out before the event.

Sheila E. valiantly took over the performing duty for a string of songs starting with Housequake and running through a medley of songs including Erotic City (shockingly unedited considering Sheila’s religious background), Let’s Work, U Got The Look, A Love Bizarre, Glamorous Life, America, and Baby, I’m A Star.

For those who had their eyes affixed to Sheila for the duration of the performance, they may have missed the star studded packed stage that included Prince‘s ex-wife Mayte, Kat, Liv Warfield, Shelby J, Elisa “Love Machine” Fiorillo, Jerome Benton, Morris Hayes, The McLean Twins, Nandy & Maya and the NPG Hornz who helped to build out the homage.

Click the image below to witness it yourself.
Sheila E Pince tribute

We are glad to finally see a tribute worthy of his memory.

RIP: Bernie Worrell Dead at 72

Posted by funkatop On June - 25 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS
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Bernie Worell Dies

Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell has died at the age of 72.

Bernie was battling what he referred to as a mild form of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. He fought for years but was surrounded by friends and family during the battle.

Worrell originally met George Clinton while he was performing in the doo-wop group The Parliaments and soon joined forces with guitarist Eddie Hazel, vocalist “Fuzzy” Haskins and “Billy Bass” Nelson to complete Funkadelic‘s 1970 debut album which was followed up months later with the now infamous Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow album.

Bernie Worell also led his solo act the Bernie Worrell Orchestra (view our photoshoot of his Bear Creek performance here), but also played as an unofficial member of Talking Heads for many years. He also made appearances in films like Ricki And The Flash and even starred in a film focusing on his genius called Stranger: Bernie Worrell On Earth.

Bernie WorrellHe was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997 with 15 other members of Parliament. His work is ever-present on Parliament hits like Up on the Down Stroke, Chocolate City, P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up), Mothership Connection (Star Child) and Flash Light, which features Worrell’s now-legendary Minimoog bass line.

This is a huge loss,” George Clinton said in a statement to Billboard. “The world of music will never be the same. Bernie’s influence and contribution — not just to Funk but also Rock and Hip Hop — will forever be felt. Bernie was a close and personal friend and this is a time of sadness for me personally. P-Funk stands with his family and fans alike in mourning this loss. The world is a little bit darker and a little less funky without Bernie in it.

Fans can contribute to his ever-growing bills to hep alleviate his pile of medical bills and to help his family recover from heir financial losses. A YouCaring page was set up seeking $75,000 and fans can donate here.

Bernie will forever be missed.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Why Prince Is King

Posted by funkatop On June - 15 - 2016 26 COMMENTS
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Prince and 3rd Eye Girl Paris Berlin Vienna 2014Note: This was a post from a couple years ago that Prince loved. I decided that iI would re-post it since it stands just as true today.

– Mr. Christopher
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From an outsider, it sure looks like we’re spending an inordinate amount of time reporting on Prince and everything that he’s doing and in truth, you’d be right. We even have a page dedicated to Prince that covers tour dates, news, videos, and other tidbits. But what makes him so intriguing? How did he create such an indestructible persona and why does Funkatopia feel it necessary to be harsh sometimes? Let’s discuss.

To start, in my (Mr. Christopher) defense, I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. The first I heard Prince was the Controversy album. The first tour I saw was 1999 way back in the early 80’s as a young kid all of probably 14 or so. I was brought to see him by a friend of my mother’s and I had no idea what I was looking at. I like to brag about that being the first tour I had seen, but in truth my head was somewhere else at that time and I totally missed the significance of actually being present at that tour. But the travesty ends there as I would see pretty much every tour from there on out including Purple Rain 3 times at the Omni in Atlanta. And my stories of Prince encounters are vast, but designed for another time. I’m just setting the foundation for you of where this writer is coming from.

I have always loved how Prince keeps re-inventing himself and get asked why we cover Prince so much when he’s really not “funk”.  Prince has always been funky, but he would never attain a true funk branding because on every album there were always a plethora of songs that were far removed from funk. 1999 is undoubtedly his funkiest album if for no other reason that it had the fewest deviations from funk. Even Lady Cab Driver and Something In The Water was very funky. But any albums outside of that masterpiece have always had a lot of jaunts in various directions. Ronnie Talk To Russia, The Digital Garden, Darling Nikki, Guitar, Others Here With UsAnnie Christian, Calhoun SquareComputer Blue, and the list goes on and on.

And that’s what makes it difficult to pigeon hole Prince into any specific category. While he is a pop artist of sorts, those moments are infrequent in the grand scheme of his albums. The hits always seem to be surrounded on their respective albums with adventurous whatnot. Prince refuses to be tied down by categorization and the end result is what makes being a Prince fan so unassuming. You have no idea what territory each album will take you.

So how does he do it? What makes Prince so amazing and bulletproof from scorn or judgment? It doesn’t. His detractors are out there in force. But at the end of the day, it makes no difference what any of us will say. He surrounds himself with positive vibes at all times and completely envelops himself with positivity to keep his creative juices flowing by leaving the negativity for everyone else to read. He simply has no desire to be interested in what any blogger or music critic may say.  As long as he stays true to himself and his artistry, it makes no difference what any of us think.

Prince 2013 tourI will admit that I’ve been harsh to him at times, but it’s not because I dislike something he’s done as much as a result of my frustration and not understanding why he’s doing what he’s doing. When in truth, not even I know the entire story.  It can be discouraging to be a Prince fan and never hear his new material on the radio and feeling like he’s doing the exact opposite of what can help to remedy that problem.

At the end of the day, even if I feel as if I’m bringing reality or levity into the scope of things, I’m just a blogger who doesn’t have the full breadth of information or background story.  And that is by his design.  He is a master at creating that invisible blockade to keep people guessing.  It doesn’t change the fact that I will always be a Prince fan who, like you, yearns for the 80’s when his music was everywhere you turned your radio dial. When music was actually good. Real music by real musicians. Now forever pigeon holed as “old school.”

Clarity came as we helped to put together a great Prince Celebration with Wrecka Stow Productions in Atlanta in the coming weeks, it became painfully obvious that we could fill the entire 5 hours allocated for the party with just his hits and still not even scratch the surface. I knew that he was always writing and had more music that we could fathom, but it was truly in that moment that I quickly realized that the depth of his mastery is almost limitless.

Between his protege bands (Sheila E, The Time, Mazarati, etc.), the hits, the albums, the concerts, the fabled vault of music, the bootlegs, the jingles, songs for other artists you had no idea he was involved in, the side projects (3rd Eye Girl, NPGMadhouse, etc.), and the endless pool of remixes and varied versions of songs, the party could go on for a week solid at 24 hours a day and still not drain the pool of his music.

What probably makes me more bummed out than anything is knowing that at 45, even if I live to see 80, there will still be music of his that I don’t get a chance to hear even after I die. This is a man who will probably write more music and record more songs in the coming month than most artists will churn out in a decade.

He envelopes himself in music and the creative process 24/7. It’s been said that every room in Paisley Park is miked so that his genius is captured anywhere that he may be in the building. His focus is laser sharp and his process almost never stops. He surrounds himself with the best because anything else is just a waste of time.

Even if God forbid, he were to meet God today, there would be a never ending flow of posthumous music similar to what you’re experiencing with Jimi Hendrix.  The difference is that Prince has been non-stop writing and recording since the late 70’s. That’s creeping up on almost 40 years of non-stop creative flow. We have no idea what’s there and how vast the library may be, but you can guarantee that even if you were granted access to it and dedicated the rest of your life to listening to all of it, that you would be dead before you got to the end. And even if you somehow made it through, they would be whispering in your dead ear something like, “Dude, I totally forgot about that one private session with Miles Davis we recorded. Maybe next time? I’ll play it for you on the Boat“.

But Prince created the ultimate package. From the band mates he chose, to the clothes he created and wore, the way he wore his hair, and down to the amount of personal information that he let everyone know. He created enough mysticism about who he was, that there are still myths and stories that remain unanswered or confirmed.  He gave you multiple reasons to embrace him and just enough to question what you know.

Mr. Christopher's Office Wall

Mr. Christopher’s Office Wall

The only reason why we even do “less than positive” reviews is simply not to pander. Prince has enough websites, blogs, orgs, and proponents to do that. There’s simply no journalistic integrity in praising every note and song because there’s no honesty in that. In some form or fashion, people do have certain expectations. But even in that perspective, it doesn’t matter. There are no bad Prince albums. You simply either don’t get it or haven’t gotten it yet. The reality is that if a review is negative, it’s only because our expectations didn’t run parallel with what he gave us.

This is why Prince will always be King. His musical genius knows no bounds. He’s still actively selling out shows decades later even though people have no idea what to expect once he hits the stage. I couldn’t be more pleased to see his resurgence and to know that there are big things coming down the pike within the coming months and years.

While I have to do my due diligence in writing truthful perspectives and reviewing whatever he puts out for us to consume, there will never be a doubt that personally, Prince is a huge hero to me. I long for the day that I get a chance to interview him sans recorder, pen or paper. That’s the pinnacle. I can’t even begin to describe the influence he’s had on me as a performer, singer, and even down to how I listen to music. He continually sets the bar that no one can touch and even if he stopped now, it would be an unattainable goal for any artist to amass the depth of his artistry. And it’s one heck of a ride.

What makes Prince great for you?

Prince Is Gone. Now What?

Posted by funkatop On June - 13 - 2016 6 COMMENTS
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For many of us, we still haven’t fully processed the loss of the most amazing musician on the planet, Prince. The immense library of music that he gave us. The careers he launched and revived. How is he gone? My heart really aches every time I think about it. I really tried to see if there was anything positive from his passing and even the selfish things that came to mind weren’t worth a world without him.

It was humbling to have him tweet about Funkatopia. We were one of the last dozen tweets he did before his passing.

And while traffic is a blessing to a website owner, we weren’t huge fans of the 2nd wave of traffic that came as a result of USA Today covering his final days and mentioning the tweet about the review we had posted. Even though they spelled the website name wrong.

Usa Today Snippet

None of it seemed important. This is not how we wanted attention. Prince has mentioned Funkatopia via Twitter at least a half dozen times or more, so I was used to him bringing my site to a crawl with massive waves of unexpected traffic. I was simply shocked that he was even paying attention to us.

But what now? Where does his estate and unreleased music go from here? Where do we go from here?  Yes, we. We are still here caught in the wake of Prince‘s Housequake. “What was that?

The various incarnations of his past bandmates are making plans to hit the road and some are continuing as they always have. It should serve as some consolation that his music that was buried away in the vaults will slowly begin to see the light of day, but there hasn’t even been any evidence that there is anyone trustworthy in charge of the distribution of his music.  While we get to sit and watch Warner Brothers slowly dribble out reissues of his albums on vinyl. Blech.

As it stands, his estate owes millions to the federal and Minnesota government. Why? The Mayor of Minnesota should use his powers to forgive any owed taxes if only for the reason that Prince put Minnesota on the map and brings them revenue regularly.  There are people that live in Minnesota simply because Prince lived there.

If you ask someone to name famous people from Minnesota (who isn’t from Minnesota), Prince will always be first. Maybe followed by Bob Dylan. Only the residents will then ramble off others like Judy Garland, Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, or F. Scott Fitzgerald. Yes, there are actors like Josh Hartnett and Seann William Scott, but who cares? What revenue are any of them bringing to Minnesota?

Not to mention the amount of revenue that Minnesota will receive from the wave of traffic that Paisley Park will bring when it gets transformed into a Prince museum. His monetary impact on Minnesota is palpable, so the fact that they are one of the savages shaking the gates with their hands out really ticks me off.

skywritingAnd while some people may want me to reflect on Prince‘s cause of death, you’ll be disappointed because it doesn’t even matter. As someone who lives with chronic pain, I can tell you that it’s a nightmare to manage it sometimes. And sometimes it can be deadly. You completists out there got your info. Now what? Exactly. Doesn’t change a thing.

At Funkatopia, my goal is to keep his vision alive. Keep the music flowing. I know that we haven’t updated the Prince News page in a while, but that’s only because it hurts too much to amplify the drivel.  I don’t want to talk about his cause of death, what’s going to happen with his estate, etc.  But stay tuned. It will be updated soon. I simply have to get to a point where it doesn’t hurt every time I breathe just thinking about him.

If there’s one thing that Prince made sure that I personally knew was that he wasn’t going to link to anything on my website that had even the slightest inclination towards negativity. He only wanted me to focus on the things that brought positive energy. He made that very clear even when I would review his albums. If it wasn’t a 5 afro review and included all positive comments, he just ignored it.

5 out of 5 afros

Every time I reviewed his albums I would have to decide if I wanted to get a wave of traffic from him or if I wanted to keep some journalistic integrity and review an album truthfully. I know that he respected my opinions about his music, but I also knew that if I said anything negative, I could forget him mentioning my review on Twitter or anywhere else.

I guess I’m glad that he even knew who I was and that he liked the site. That meant a lot to me, but it means even more that we find some way to pick up his torch and carry it for him now that he’s gone. I’ve been watching websites dedicated to him turning off the porch lights as if there’s nothing more to say and that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

So what is it that we will say? What is it that we will do? What do you want Funkatopia to do? What are you going to do?

To start, be sure you tune in

Mr. Christopher

Prince Essence Music Festival

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