MJ vs. Prince - Showdown at the Silent Disco!
Hard to believe that this past weekend, on April 21st, 2018, marked the two year anniversary of the death of Prince Rogers Nelson - The Artist better known as Prince.
For decades - LITERALLY FIVE DECADES - Prince has been one of the greatest, most talented, versatile, and enduring Artists of our time and remains one of the greatest in history since his untimely death two years ago. He was one of those creatives that was so prolific and ubiquitous that you knew who he was even if you didn't necessarily stand for him. He was undeniable. He was so much a part of the collective consciousness that his death was one of those that you remember where you were when you heard about it.
I remember exactly where I was when I heard of Prince's passing. I was on my second round of playing a corporate drone in a cubicle jungle getting paid way too well to be doing the nonsense we were doing. The news came in waves. First he was dead. Then he was just sick. Then he was for SURE dead. I brushed it off, not only because it seemed like another social media hoax gone bad, but in my mind, the idea of Prince dying was unfathomable. Prince was a magical, musical, immortal, Unicorn Demigod that would outlive us all and look upon our decomposing shells with disdain and scorn. Prince had been huge my whole life and was well established for a decade before I was even born. Prince was just always THERE being brilliant and amazing, every step of the way. And now we were supposed to believe he was GONE? No. Way.
But, alas, Way. Prince had passed and we would eventually find out the cause of his premature death was due to a Fentanyl overdose. This would be another sad and abrupt ending to the Life of a Legend.
As if it wasn't already nearly impossible to bring up Prince without mentioning another (let's be real, THE ONLY other) insanely famous Icon of the same timeframe, the eerie similarities in the circumstances around both of their deaths only sealed the deal.
Michael Jackson - arguably the Greatest Performer of all time and THE King of Pop - died similarly and tragically on June 25th, 2009 of cardiac arrest induced by a Propofol cocktail overdose almost 7 years prior. (I remember exactly where I was the day that news broke as well. I was at an AMC watching whatever Transformers movie was hot that summer. As I exited the theater and turned on my phone, I was flooded with moment to moment updates from my mother and friends on MJ's final downward spiral. I was devastated.)
As tragic as it was to lose BOTH of these Artists, their legacies have continued and remain living on well past their deaths. The rivalry that may or may not have existed between them spilled over and manifested itself most apparently in each of their fan bases. People have been and will continue to argue for decades to come about who was best. Pound for artistic pound, these two consistently went toe to toe.
Personally, I love them both, but ultimately have to claim #TeamMichael. By the time I was born in the 80's, they were both well established artists, but Michael impacted me the most. I adored that man from the moment I became aware of him in my early days, during his insane reign as the King of Pop, throughout all of the controversy, until the day he died. I was fascinated and captivated by every single thing Michael did. I loved his music and would watch every new music video release or concert with bated breath.
Bad was the first vinyl record I owned… Well, aside from The Adventures of Strawberry Shortcake and Friends… but I digress.
Of course, personal preference aside, when it comes down to strictly the music, talent and artistic prowess, the argument becomes harder to win. These two will forever reign supreme in the annals of music history and I suspect the debate will go on forever.
(Which leads me to this shameless plug...)
What better way to continue the debate and show love and respect to their Royal Highness's by joining the Hip Hop and Hookah Family on May 18th, 2018 for
"The King of Pop" vs. "His Royal Badness"
A Silent Disco Battle!
We're taking over 1904 Music Hall and pitting DJ's Dialectable Beats (spinning for MJ) against NICKFRESH (repping Prince) in a Silent Disco battle unlike any other you've seen in Duval. If you don't know what a silent disco is, or have never been to one - you are in for a treat! Upon arrival you will receive a set of headphones through which you can choose to tune in to one of two channels playing music from either Michael or Prince. You can switch from one channel to the next and jam out in your own, private little world. When or if you're ready to take a break, you can give your headphones a rest and have a conversation with someone at a normal, human level without being disturbed or disturbing anyone still rocking out to their choice of tunes.
Costumes are encouraged, but not required, so please save the date and get ready for an unforgettable #DuvalNight! It's going to be a really amazing and you do not want to miss it!
Prince and Michael may be gone, but they are not forgotten. Come out on Friday, May 18th and represent for Musical Royalty! Check the links below for more info!