An Ocean Of Violets In Bloom

As most of you know, I've been on a rather insane Prince kick lately. I don't have any obscure citations today, but I've combing the archives--I missed a shocking amount of his best stuff. At any rate, I was watching this video last night and thinking Prince, and really his band-mates, must have felt so incredible when this joint hit. At this moment, they must have known that they really were doing something completely different in pop music, and people were feeling it. I think a lot of artists will tell you that they'd settle for a being ahead of their time. But to be ahead of your time, and for people to get that and love that, must be incredible.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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