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The Return Of Royalty: His Name Is Prince

The Return Of Royalty: His Name Is Prince

If we were now reaching the end of 1993 instead of 2013, the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson would look much different.

By then Prince had already changed his name to the title of his latest album — a symbol nobody could pronounce — and what emerged was a laughable series of nicknames: The Love Symbol, The Glyph, The Symbol, Symbol Guy, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, The Artist, and so on, because what the hell should we call this guy.

"Carmen Electra," the album he produced for everyone's favorite future temptress, wasn't burning up the charts, because it was terrible. Warner Brothers would soon deliver a death-blow to his Paisley Park label by...