Prince Remembered by Justin Timberlake: ‘He’s Somewhere Within Every Song I’ve Ever Written’

Prince Remembered by Justin Timberlake: ‘He’s Somewhere Within Every Song I’ve Ever Written’

Paying his respects to a legend. Justin Timberlake shared a touching tribute to Prince via Instagram on Thursday, April 21, just hours after the legendary singer’s death at age 57 was confirmed.

The “Suit & Tie” singer, 35, told fans that he was deeply influenced by Prince’s musical stylings from an early age.

“It was Raspberry Beret,” he wrote. “I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. ‘Mommy, who is that singing?’ Seems weird but it’s true. More than a ‘once in a lifetime’ artist … Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I’m still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable.”

It was Raspberry Beret. I was 4 years old. Yes, 4. I remember that I instantly loved it. "Mommy, who is that singing?" Seems weird but it's true. More than a "once in a lifetime" artist... Just a ONCE IN FOREVER ARTIST. I'm still in shock as I write this and I feel this overwhelming grief. But, we should all turn away from that and HONOR this musician that changed all of our lives, our perspectives, our feeling, our whole being. From another planet? Probably. Royalty, for sure. Us worthy..? Laughable. They say don't meet your idols... That they let you down. But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music... It's beyond that. He's somewhere within every song I've ever written. I am sad, but I will smile when I think of every second that I had the fortune of being in his company. We have lost our greatest living musician. But his music will never die. Prince, NOTHING COMPARES... #RIPPrince

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Timberlake, whose hit 2006 album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, drew comparisons to the “Purple Rain” singer’s early ‘80s Minneapolis sound, added that Prince’s artistry has impacted every element of his own.

“They say don’t meet your idols … That they let you down,” he continued. “But, some of my greatest, funniest (yes, he was hilarious), and most prolific encounters and conversations about music came from the moments that I spent with him. It would be silly to say that he has inspired our music … It’s beyond that. He’s somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”

The former boy-bander has paid tribute to Prince, who he called “our greatest living musician,” before.

During the Minneapolis stop of his 20/20 Experience world tour in 2014, he did a spot-on impression of the introduction to Prince’s 1986 hit “Kiss.”

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