A billowing sheet with Prince’s projection was the highlight and that tells you everything, doesn’t it. Prince’s estate flat out denied permission of utilising a hologram, so Justin going through with the “tribute” regardless really says everything about his white privilege.
“I’m not gonna lie to you guys because Questlove is the encyclopedia on music, but I feel like a gatekeeper on Prince”. Justin continued, “You’ve got to understand, we got the actual real vocal stems from ‘I Would Die 4 U.’ The actual recording. And then we got uncut footage of him performing it in Purple Rain and somehow, someway, by the grace of – probably Prince looking down on us – it synced up. It was like this crazy serendipitous moment.”
Coming from the man that Prince himself didn’t like much. Absolutely disgusting.