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Prince, we hardly knew ya. At least not like this.
The Purple One answered questions from fans and Arsenio Hall — and even played advice guru.
Prince has never seemed so normal, so comfortable and so un-self-conscious on television as he was Wednesday night on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Yep, that Arsenio who had Prince as a guest back in the early ‘90s.
Except for Hall’s opening monologue, Wednesday’s hour-long program was devoted to Prince. With the New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl, he played two new songs (“FunknRoll,” “Mutiny”) and one old one (“She’s Always in My Hair”), and Liv Warfield, one of his former backup singers, offered a tune from her new album.
In conversation with Arsenio and the studio audience, Prince – wearing a series of turtlenecks and fur- or fringe-trimmed vests -- was quick, funny and short but to the point.
Here are some things Prince revealed:
Photo: Arsenio Hall Show/ CBS Television Distribution
Prince/ AP photo
A local legend is joining the late-night wars, at least for one evening.
Prince's appearance Wednesday night on "The Arsenio Hall Show" won't be limited to a musical performance. Promotional material insists that he's "taking over" the program, which makes you wonder if his well-received turn on "New Girl" has him convinced that he can handle a comedy monologue.
It's not the first time Prince has appeared on one of Hall's programs. He famously burned a Star Tribune review of one of his shows on the set of "Arsenio." Will he play pyromaniac again? Will he announce the release date of his long-anticipated new album?
Find out at 10 p.m. tonight on WUCW, Ch. 23.
After appearing on tracks by other Twin Cities hip-hop acts for more than a half-decade -- including Muja Messiah, M.anifest, Villa Rosa and I.B.E. – Minneapolis rapper Dodi Phy was finally set to release his own album later this year. Sadly, though, the personal troubles that may have helped make him a compelling lyricist got the best of him before the record was completed.
The real-life Mohamed Turay, age 31, was found dead at his mother’s home in Minneapolis on Feb. 21. Family members said he committed suicide after a long battle with depression. He leaves behind two sons, Jabarri and Khalil, ages 9 and 8.
"Dodi Phy was a lyricist genius," Muja Messiah said, one of many comments on Turay that were gathered by his friend and collaborator Maria Isa to memorialize the rapper, whose funeral is Saturday.
"He was a master wordsmith with powerful penmanship who enjoyed writing and discussing social relevant issues; he was looked up to by every rapper who knew him and made everyone in the studio during my album step their game up 10 notches.”
In addition to “Cause & Effect,” a highlight from Muja’s 2008 album “Thee Adventures of B-boy D-boy,” Turay rapped on such tracks as M.anifest’s “My Lady Oh,” Villa Rosa’s fast-food anti-anthem “Food,” I.B.E.’s “Holdin’ Something” and another Muja collaboration with his own name on it, “Dodi Phy State of Mind.” Several of his own tracks, including “Capture the Moment” and “Block to the Booth,” also went viral in recent years.
He was working on a full album, “All Things Considered,” at the time of his death. His chief collaborator on the project, DJ Turtleneck, reportedly plans to complete the record in his friend’s honor.
Born in Houston and raised in Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis’ Phillips neighborhood, Turay was the son of West African immigrants who maintained ties to Sierra Leone. He started freestyle rapping by the age of 7 and was hitting local club stages regularly by the mid-‘00s.
“He was a raw, talented and troubled kid,” said local hip-hop booster Jon Jon Scott, who runs Sound Verte Records. Scott went on to call Dodi Phy “Minneapolis' very own Big L,” referring to the late Harlem rapper cultishly revered by many other MCs.
Slug of Atmosphere paid his respects via Twitter as soon as the news of his death hit the scene.
rip dodi phy. positive thoughts to his family and friends.— atmosphere (@atmosphere) February 22, 2014
M.anifest also saluted him publicly through Twitter.
Such a beautiful soul. why. why. did he have to go. RIP Dodi Phy. Wish you got flowers when you could still smell 'em.— M.anifest (@manifestive) February 25, 2014
Urging a more open dialect and understanding of mental illness, Turay’s younger brother Allie Turay Jr. said, "My brother suffered from depression his whole life but didn't talk about it with anyone.” Allie also addressed his brother directly with these comments: “Thank you for blessing us with two beautiful boys, for being there for us in good times and bad. You inspired and protected us, and will continue to throughout our lives.”
Turay will be remembered with a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Masjid An-Nur Mosque, 1729 N. Lyndale Av., Mpls. Donations are being sent to the family via a GiveForward.com fund. A musical tribute is also in the works, tentatively scheduled March 30 at the Nomad Pub.
Special thanks to Maria Isa for gathering quotes and information for this report to pay her respect. The above photo of Turay, left, with Spit Ric, Maria and Muja Messiah was taken by BFresh Photography's Rebecca McDonald when they opened up for the Wu-Tang Clan at Epic nightclub in 2012 .
The Twin Cities’ biggest music festival might grow even bigger this year. Soundset organizers announced a 2014 lineup this morning that includes Wiz Khalifa, Nas, 2 Chainz, Cypress Hill, Earlwolf (Tyler the Creator + Earl Sweatshirt), Chance the Rapper and Pusha T along with the usual mob of local favorites, including Atmosphere, Prof, Lizzo, Toki Wright & Big Cats and hot newcomers Allan Kingdom and Dem Atlas. The day-long bash is scheduled Sunday, May 25 (Memorial Day weekend), once again on the grounds outside Canterbury Park in Shakopee.
Here’s the full lineup:
Atmosphere / Wiz Khalifa / Cypress Hill / Nas / 2 Chainz / EarlWolf (Tyler The Creator & Earl Sweatshirt) / Pusha T / Chance The Rapper / Prof / Grieves / G-Eazy / Ab-Soul / DJ QBert / The Grouch & Eligh / Flatbush Zombies / Lizzo with Lazerbeak / Rapsody & 9th Wonder / Shad / deM atlaS / Snow Tha Product / Roc Marciano / Dosh / Jonwayne / D-Styles / Toki Wright & Big Cats / Will C / Allan Kingdom / Breakbeat Lou / Nacho Picasso / Freddy Fresh / Los Nativos / K.Raydio & Psymun / Mac Irv / Ecid / DJ Fundo / DJ Lean Rock / DJ D. Mil / DJ Sidereal.
After a memorable appearance at 2010’s Soundset, Khalifa sold out the Minnesota State Fair grandstand in 2012 and thus was a shoo-in at the top of the lineup next to hometown hosts Atmosphere this year. Nas and Cypress Hill are '90s vets still revered by many modern hip-hop fans. Nas is touring behind the 20th anniversary of his landmark album “Illmatic.” Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper and Pusha T all had 2013 efforts that showed up on year-end best-of lists.
Pre-sale ticket options will be announced Friday morning via Rhymesayers social-media channels. The general on-sale is Saturday at 11 a.m. General-admission ticket prices will start at $55 via Ticketweb.com or at Fifth Element record store in Uptown. VIP passes will also be available then for $125.
With popular out-of-towners Snoop Dogg and Mac Miller, last year's Soundset drew a record 28,000 fans despite unseasonably cool weather. Surely, Midwest fans are due ample amounts of warmth and sunshine this year. Please?
The seventh annaul installment will serve as the hometown release party for Atmosphere's eighth album, "Southsiders," details of which were announced Monday. Rhymesayers is also readying new records by its roster newcomers Dem Atlas and Prof, the latter of whom made a memorable appearance on very short notice last year just a few weeks after undergoing knee surgery (he filled in for Busta Rhymes). Conspicuously absent from the lineup are Brother Ali and P.O.S. The former is instead listed as a co-host. The latter will undergo his long-awaited kidney transplant next week and will likely still be recuperating in May. We wouldn’t be surprised to see either dude perform at some point in the fest, though.
Here's a cool wham-bam video recap of last year's festival.
Another sure sign that summer is coming, the Minnesota State Fair announced three of its grandstand concerts today, two of which feature two of the biggest rap/rock acts around, and one of which features Sunday’s Oscar winner for best supporting actor. Here are the shows:
*Linkin Park with openers Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI on Tuesday, Aug. 26. “Dallas Buyer’s Club” star Jared Leto fronts the middle-slot band. Still in steady rotation at 93X and other hard-rock stations with such early-00s singles as “Crawling” and “Numb,” Linkin Park skipped the Twin Cities after the release of 2012’s “Living Things” album and thus could be a big draw, despite dwindling record sales. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $81 (general admission and reserved seating), $71 and $51 (reserved seating).
*Kid Rock on Saturday, Aug. 23, with an opener to be announced. Detroit’s urban cowboy has been coming to town just about every year, most recently with Bob Seger at Xcel Energy Center. Still, he should also be a big draw on a Saturday night at the fair. Tickets go on sale next Saturday, March 15, for $66.50 and $51.50.
*The Happy Together Tour 2014 with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels on Mon., Aug. 25. What’s a Minnesota State Fair without an appearance by what’s left of the Turtles? Tickets go on sale March 15 at noon for the happy-together price of $21.
Grandstand tickets can be purchased via mnstatefair.org, etix.com, by calling (800) 514-3849 or in person at the State Fairgrounds ticket office.
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