In 2014, Rolling Stone sat down with Prince for an interview, which would become the legendary artist’s seventh and final cover story by the publication. It was ultimately never published—until today. Revived in the wake of Prince’s passing, the interview is a fascinating look into The Purple One’s life and Paisley Park.
A detail, in particular, focuses on Prince’s wish to mentor and help his peers. One of those peers happened to be none other than Chris Brown, whom Prince had invited to Paisley Park. When Rolling Stone contributor Brian Hiatt noted that many found what Brown did to Rihanna to be “unforgivable,” Prince was shocked.
In response, Prince said, “Unforgivable? Goodness. That’s when we go check the master, Christ. … Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody? It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance.”
Elaborating further on the idea of mentoring and helping his peers, Michael Jackson was mentioned. Prince was at first hesitant to speak about Jackson, but responded, “He is just one of many who have gone through that door – Amy Winehouse and folks. We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall. That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.”
Prince also spoke on the state of the music industry, which he thought was more about the scandals, “reality show, or sex tape” than the music itself.