Prince a musical legacy like no other

An eclectic range of contemporary artists owe a creative debt to the purple one, from Outkast and Pharrell to Daft Punk, Kanye and Mark Ronson

Few artists cast a shadow over contemporary music quite like Prince. Disco, funk, pop, hip-hop, house, electro – nothing would sound the way it does today without him.

Musicians who defined an era in pop and hip-hop, such as superstar producers the Neptunes and Timbaland, took cues from him; listen to Pharrell William’s Frontin’ and the Prince influence is clear. Prince was Timbaland’s idol and like his hero he tried to operate in that colourful area between R&B’s sensuous sexuality and the unbridled machismo that hip-hop can exude.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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