This is from a Billboard interview with Prince from 2006. What a unique talent. He will be missed.
Questions with Prince
By: Tamara Conniffa
Billboard reporter approaches Prince’s table to schedule an interview. Prince smiles and says, “When the time is right, we will talk.” Prince does not like to talk much. He prefers to make music and perform, and if it is very, very important, he will correspond via e-mail, which is how Billboard received this worldwide exclusive.
The likely reason for Prince’s desire to write instead of talk might be so he can use his signature Prince-isms: “2” is “to,” “b” is “be,” “c” is “see,” “eye” is “I” and “nrg” is “energy.”
Q: What do your fans not know about you?
A: There’s a lot that fans don’t know about me. People tend 2 project on2 U whatever they want 2 c.
Q: What are your thoughts on the music business with the advent of mobile and digital?
A: Music is a sound nrg wave that is best xperienced LIVE. Because eye play music, eye have a different perspective on how it should b delivered. That said, eye [am] not so sure a musician would have come up with the idea 2 sell music in the digital realm.
Q: Do you see yourself as an innovator?
A: Innovator? It’s not a word eye use, but we do try 2 introduce new ideas or methods 2 business that more resemble the common-sense principles taught in the Bible.
Q: What inspires you?
A: 2 c someone breaking free from the limitations of the world.
He signs his e-mail: “Thanx 4 granting us this forum 2 holla from. Peace.”