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New interview: Brownmark Of The Revolution “My Life In The Purple Kingdom”

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All those amazingly talented people you mentioned, I'm sure Prince would not have selected you to be a part of his musical circle if you didnt have something special!
Absolutely! Absolutely! We used to have 'Battle of the Bands" like you see in the movie Purple Rain. That's how we used to do it. My band was called Fantasy that I started at fourteen years old. We would battle The Time which were at that point called Flyte Time and have 'Battle of the Bands' every Friday in these small dives where we had someone at the door collecting money. (laughs) We were street kids hustling and packing these small clubs doing our own advertising. It was crazy being a part of the street scene but then Prince open the doors for us to enter the professional arena.

Thinking back on that did you get a little nostalgic reminiscing and remembering all these amazing experiences in your life?
It was good. Like I said it was therapeutic for me. When I got out of the music industry, I found myself very depressed. There's a lot that goes on in the industry that is not easy. Its not a walk in the park and not all glitter or gold! It's not what people think the 'rock star' life looks like. I learned the hard way it's nothing like that.

The book goes into the pain I experienced and my way of releasing. It was like going to a therapist. I started the book about twelve years ago writing different pieces. As the pieces started to come together the stories got bigger and the dots started connecting with the timeline. Therapy! That's how I look at this book.

Prince knew I was going to write the book. He was like "Ahhh so you wrote a book?" (laughs) and I was like all nervous "ahh, yeah" and he said "You're going to let me see it right?" and I was like "Of course!" Unfortunately, he passed before I got the chance to get his blessing.

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