As each day passes after Prince‘s death, more people are coming forward with secret information on the iconic musician. The latest is The Game who claims that he almost got a Prince feature some years back.
In a street side interview with TMZ, the Compton rapper says that Prince was down to do a song with him at one point, but that he refused to jump on the track because Game used profanity. Actually, just one curse word.
The Game tells TMZ:
“I wanted [Prince] to get on a song and he was down to do the song, right. So we met at Doug Morris’ office at Universal [Records] a few years back. He heard the song and there was one curse word in it and he was like, ‘I can’t get on that, it has a curse word in it.’… Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness and he cut out [cursing]. So we didn’t do the song because I needed that curse word. I definitely needed it. I don’t even remember it. I just know that Prince wasn’t feeling it and I was. We laughed about it again when I saw him one of these BET Awards.”
In a 2014 interview with Essence Magazine, Prince revealed that he swore off profanity in his music. “Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse?” he said. “Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother?”
The change was a departure from Prince’s earlier works where explicit language was on display often.
As for The Game, kudos to him for sticking to his guns and defending his creative property. But, he had a chance of a lifetime to work with perhaps the greatest artist of his time and he let one, just one, curse get in the way of it? That curse word must have been something else. Hope it was worth it. We wonder which one it was. “Bullsh*t” perhaps?
The Game seemed to have taken Prince’s passing hard as he posted many pictures honoring him on his Instagram page. He also recorded a dope tribute track, “Rest In Purple,” that samples “When Doves Cry” and posted it on his Soundcloud page.
Click over to hear “Rest In Purple”