Prince is having a moment. And I’m having a Prince moment. The Purple One has been the talk of the Internet for the past week, following his sudden, hilarious mastery of Twitter. And, as it happens, “Purple Rain” is the soundtrack of my new apartment thanks to the vinyl copy I recently bought for $1.
Prince frenzy reached peak levels over the weekend when he tweeted (from @3rdeyegirl, one of his band’s accounts): “Game: Blouses” with the cover for his new single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” featuring Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince and holding a plate of pancakes.
It’s a nod to the “Chappelle’s Show” sketch in which Charlie Murphy recalls the time he played Prince in basketball, then ate breakfast with him.
The reference shows that Prince has a sense of humor about himself, but it’s also shrewd marketing: Chappelle is about to tour after years in hiding, and the cover has renewed interest in Prince’s music, which has been hit-or-miss ever since he changed his name to a symbol in 1992.
Prince is no comedian, but his eccentricities are inherently funny. And the more he embraces humor, the more I get sucked into his music.