Sad news out of the R&B world. According to website TMZ and his publicist Yvette Noel Schure, who confirmed the information with the Associated Press, Prince Rogers Nelson, known professionally as Prince, has died. He was 57. TMZ reported that his body was found at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota early yesterday morning after authorities responded to a medical emergency. No further information has been given regarding cause of death. The devastating news comes after reports that the singer was rushed to the hospital on April 15 after his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing. His crew reported to TMZ that he had the flu and that he was fine. He appeared at a concert the following day to reassure that he was fine. Before that, he cancelled two concerts due to health issues. Prince’s illustrious career began in Minneapolis Minnesota, his hometown, where he formed his first band as a teenager. He released his debut album “For You” in 1978 followed by a self titled sophomore album in October 1979. While he became a huge star after the release of those albums and subsequent albums, the soundtrack  and film “Purple Rain” catapulted him to superstardom. The soundtrack earned him two Grammys and an Academy award. In the early 1990s, Prince protested against his record label Warner Brothers by referring to himself as “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince” and used the infamous Love Symbol. It wasn’t until the release of his 1996 album “Chaos And Disorder” that he was released from his contract with the label. He released 39 studio albums over his 35 year career and never stopped recording and releasing new music. Since September 2014, he released  four full length albums with his new band 3rd Eye Girl, and was also planning to release a memoir titled “The Beautiful Ones” in 2017. In February, he mourned the lost of ex-girlfriend and protégé Denise “Vanity” Matthews, to whom he paid tribute during several concerts. In December, he released a surprise album “HITNRUN” on Tidal. Prince was an innovative singer/songwriter/musician who did things on his own terms no matter what the cost. He also stood up for himself in terms of dealing with the politics of the music industry and was an advocate for artists owning their work. He has left an incredible musical legacy that will last a lifetime. May he rest peacefully in paradise. In preparation for the release of her forthcoming album “Vivid”, singer Vivian Green worked on a visual for the album’s first single “Grown Folks Music”. The track is an uptempo number produced by Kwame Holland which finds Green doing something she’s never done previously, dance. Green says it’s something she didn’t want to do, but reports say the video looks like it will be amazing. The video will be released next week. Bay Area rap veteran Mistah F.A.B. has taken a break from commercially releasing new music, instead releasing a few mixtapes and returning to the battle rap scene from which he emerged more than a decade ago since his last album, 2012’s “Da Yellow Bus Rydah”. Today, the MC announces that he will release a forthcoming album “Son Of A Pimp Pt. 2”, the sequal to 2005’s “Son Of A Pimp” on May 27. The album’s lead single “What Yo Hood Like” features Jadakiss.

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