Amid all that moaning about it being a "bad time for music", it turns out Prince has been secretly fanboying two of 2015's biggest stars.
The legendary singer has revealed that he has been playing a lot of rappers Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West and guess what? He thinks they're really good. "Pure" and "perfect", in fact.
As for West, it was his sampling of Ray Charles on hit "Gold Digger" that most impressed Prince. "The way he made something new with that sample was perfect," he said.
Prince also has a lot of time for Janelle Monae ("She's gonna be president!" and Jill Scott ("Every song on that first album was the truth"), but he's keen to make sure aspiring musicians "learn from the masters".
"I played Sly Stone to Lianne La Havas and she had not ever heard him," he said. "Then she listened and was totally inspired."
Prince's next album with band 3rdEyeGirl is called HITNRUN and will be released on Tidal later this month.Reuse content