My love for music is endless. ENDLESS. Music was an escape as a child. Transporting me to worlds so different from my own, they allowed me freedom from my negative home environment. Music also created a magical link of understanding for me - I could relate to the lyrics. As a little girl, I loved Madonna and Michael Jackson, but Prince always held an other-worldly and mysterious hold over me. I remember my older cousins watching Purple Rain and shushing me throughout the film when I tried to ask a question about the movie. From what little of sexuality I understood at that age, I knew that this was a guy that was different. Why he did what he did, and HOW, has always impressed me. He was truly unique. So much so that his songs took on new meanings to me as I grew up. They're not stagnant pop ditties, they evolve with the listener. (When You Were Mine makes my heart ache and my butt shake EVERY time I listen to it. The longing he describes is so beautiful.) In this book, Touré examines the genius behind Prince's music, his contribution to pop culture and Prince's refusal to work within the traditional framework of the music industry like others had before him. He pushed boundaries and bent rules. Prince 4 eva.