Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. He emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock era, capable of seamlessly tieing together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums, he toured frequently, produced and wrote for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth and diversity, experimenting with sounds, textures, and genres; no other contemporary artist blended so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole. He never slowed down, and he never rested on his laurels, which is what made his death in 2016 such a shock: his music was ceaselessly, endlessly alive and full of possibility.
BORNJune 7, 1958