Those closest to the late Prince are still mourning the loss of a musical idol. One of those people being Stevie Wonder.
In April, the “Superstition” singer shared his thoughts with CNN on Prince’s sudden passing, stating, “He was just a great musician, and very cognizant of what his responsibility was as a musician and a human being. To do what he did without fear was a wonderful thing.”
Now, in an essay penned for Rolling Stone, Wonder expands on his fondest memories of the “Purple Rain” singer and their last conversation.
“When Prince and I spoke last, we talked about how we needed to fix this world,” he wrote. “All this bullcrap about getting our country back and ‘Make America Great Again’ – it’s always been great. We just have to stop people filling their minds with lies and prejudice and open them up to the possibilities.”
Wonder also spoke on Prince’s unmatched vision for elevating his music before it became a thought in any other artist’s mind.
“If Michael was the King of Pop, Prince should be the Emperor,” Wonder said. “Prince fought for his artistic freedom. He didn’t allow anyone or anything to get in his way. By following his own path, Prince took music to a whole other place, like the Beatles did. He wanted to change the way things were, like Marvin Gaye did. When you do that, you have to be very sure of yourself.”
Read the full letter here.