We all knew him
as an adult
possessed by music
But as a child
He was obsessed
with the old Hollywood Studio system.
He studied the tape,
the heads of these studio houses
and all their movies
from the 30s and 40s.
If you are in your 30s
you recollect Under the Cherry Moon
you recall the first night you ever noticed
the rain bruise a certain hue…
for a fraction of a second
if that precipitation
was nothing more than the excessive perspiration
of a strange colored fruit.
You remember him giving his name back
because the studio heads
said they owned that too.
Even though his birth certificate
swore he was born
the son of a king.
They should have seen him coming,
Grandchild of Louisiana
Son of band fling turned matrimony
Godson of James Brown
Descendant of LaBelle and Parliament Funkadelics
Offspring of the group thing…
Married, only to the game.
I tried to told ya,
he studied the tape.
composed, and performed” by him
Slave only to his music,
not his masters…
so he owned them too.
Said, “I’m gon’ go’head and get me one of them there plantations.”Showed his whole entire ass
Called it Paisley Park.
Fought the industry overlords for his emancipation paper
to the entire music world on TV