On April 21, 2016 the world lost a fascinating performer, entertainer, musician, creator and human being. Prince inspired uniqueness, thinking outside of the box and the courage take pride in your individuality - like that one time when he changed his name to a symbol:
"I follow what God tells me to do," Prince explained. "It said, 'Change your name,' and I changed my name to a symbol ready for Internet use before I knew anything about the Internet." In May 2000, he went back to being Prince. Although his motivations may sometimes seem mysterious, Prince is never uninteresting and always capable one more hit record or a return to stardom. VIA: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Here's 8 more Prince facts you may not know:
In fact, the star often credited James Brown as his musical idol. Check out this throwback JET article where he praises Brown.
Listen to this interview from June 7, 1986 where Prince surprises Charles Johnson (AKA: The Electrifying Mojo) with a surprise phone call to WHYT Detroit.