I'm not remotely qualified to write about Prince. His musical and cultural impact is difficult to overstate. I remember exactly where I was when I heard that Michael Jackson had died. I'd argue that Prince's musical legacy is greater.
It's hard to put into words how revolutionary Purple Rain sounded when it dropped. To this then-14 year-old, it was a complete revelation, from the sprint start of 'Let's Go Crazy' to the lovesick pop of 'Take Me With U', the blush-inducing (for a way too innocent suburban kid) 'Darlin Nikki' all the way through the sublime 'I Would Die 4 U' to the transcendent title track. That shit opened my eyes in ways music really hadn't before.
The little purple dude's Super Bowl halftime show set the standard by which those things should be judged, and his musical influence impacts us today in ways we don't even know. He put out a critically acclaimed record just last year - there's no telling how much great music we'll never hear now. He was, to use a cliche, a force of nature.
My favorite Prince track isn't one of the big ones, at least by his standards, but I've always loved it:
Prince Seven by jeetprince7
Game over, Blouses.