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Arminillo said:

So Ive lived my life up to this point thinking Prince was just a falsetto guy with a guitar whos only important album was Purple Rain.

Well, I just happened to rabbit hole into his discography on Spotify the other day, and holy SHIT.

He is amazing. Like wow, im not even halfway through his works and im floored. The albums Dirty Mind and Prince are basically perfect, and those are BEFORE Purple Rain. How did this guy not reach MJ level popularity?

I guess he needed better promotion. I've loved Prince for a long time, I'm glad you've discovered him.



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Arminillo said:

How did this guy not reach MJ level popularity?

Because of MJ. He got overshadowed severely by how immensely popular MJ was.
If Michael wasn't a thing or lived in a different era, I think Prince would have been called the king of pop, back then.



contestgamer said:
Prince is like Magic Johnson to MJ's Michael Jordan. Still great, but not at that same level.

No way! Prince played like a gazillion different instruments, wrote and produced ALL of his music, ghost wrote for other artists, and could sing and perform on top of all that. MJ was great don't get me wrong but Prince had more talent in one finger than all of MJs body. 



I grew up with his music back in 80s, tbh, never ever occurred to me to compare him with MJ, they were giving me completely different vibe.



Hiku said:
Arminillo said:

How did this guy not reach MJ level popularity?

Because of MJ. He got overshadowed severely by how immensely popular MJ was.
If Michael wasn't a thing or lived in a different era, I think Prince would have been called the king of pop, back then.

I think there were other factors, Prince's way out there image turned people off IMO. Plus I don't think a lot of parents wanted their children listening to Prince back in the 80's. Would you let your 6 year old listen to "Darling Nikki"? 



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PortisheadBiscuit said:
contestgamer said:
Prince is like Magic Johnson to MJ's Michael Jordan. Still great, but not at that same level.

No way! Prince played like a gazillion different instruments, wrote and produced ALL of his music, ghost wrote for other artists, and could sing and perform on top of all that. MJ was great don't get me wrong but Prince had more talent in one finger than all of MJs body. 

That's nice, but MJ was an immensely better performer, dancer and overall showman. Look at any of Mj's live performances and compare it to Prince. MJ created spectacle the kind no one else ever had. Sure prince can play a lot of instruments - but a lot of people can. MJ created the kind of live performances nobody else has come close to matching in terms of energy, spectacle and awe.



contestgamer said:
PortisheadBiscuit said:

No way! Prince played like a gazillion different instruments, wrote and produced ALL of his music, ghost wrote for other artists, and could sing and perform on top of all that. MJ was great don't get me wrong but Prince had more talent in one finger than all of MJs body. 

That's nice, but MJ was an immensely better performer, dancer and overall showman. Look at any of Mj's live performances and compare it to Prince. MJ created spectacle the kind no one else ever had. Sure prince can play a lot of instruments - but a lot of people can. MJ created the kind of live performances nobody else has come close to matching in terms of energy, spectacle and awe.

Performance is only one aspect of being an artist. IMO Prince checked more boxes on the criteria of being an all around artist. 



PortisheadBiscuit said:
contestgamer said:

That's nice, but MJ was an immensely better performer, dancer and overall showman. Look at any of Mj's live performances and compare it to Prince. MJ created spectacle the kind no one else ever had. Sure prince can play a lot of instruments - but a lot of people can. MJ created the kind of live performances nobody else has come close to matching in terms of energy, spectacle and awe.

Performance is only one aspect of being an artist. IMO Prince checked more boxes on the criteria of being an all around artist. 

He might have checked more boxes, but the boxes MJ checked were done to such a transcendent degree it overshadows the rest. It's like being a jack of all trades vs a master of (n)one. Prince did a lot of things really well, MJ did a few things the best it has ever been done before.



contestgamer said:
PortisheadBiscuit said:

Performance is only one aspect of being an artist. IMO Prince checked more boxes on the criteria of being an all around artist. 

He might have checked more boxes, but the boxes MJ checked were done to such a transcendent degree it overshadows the rest. It's like being a jack of all trades vs a master of (n)one. Prince did a lot of things really well, MJ did a few things the best it has ever been done before.

Sounds more like overt fandom than actual analysis



PortisheadBiscuit said:
contestgamer said:

He might have checked more boxes, but the boxes MJ checked were done to such a transcendent degree it overshadows the rest. It's like being a jack of all trades vs a master of (n)one. Prince did a lot of things really well, MJ did a few things the best it has ever been done before.

Sounds more like overt fandom than actual analysis

Not really. You can be great at many things, but I'll take someone that is the GOAT at one.