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The Donald Trump-Prince Connection

James Hirsen By Monday, 25 April 2016 10:52 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

The public may generally have been unaware that a nexus existed between Donald Trump and the late pop icon Prince; however, this certainly appears to be the case.

There are actually numerous links between the two famed individuals, each of their names having recently been brought up in the media and on the Internet following the unexpected passing of Prince.

Trump himself reacted to the death of beloved music artist by posting a tribute to him on the web.

The GOP front-runner surprised his Twitter followers by releasing a statement that read, “I met Prince on numerous occasions. He was an amazing talent and wonderful guy. He will be greatly missed!”

Prince’s sudden departure has led to a flurry of discussion on the artistic legacy of the pop singer-songwriter-actor, and Trump’s name has been part and parcel of the intriguing media conversation.

Joe Scarborough weighed in, noting a parallel between Trump and Prince with regard to their malleable natures.

In a reaction to remarks made by Nicolle Wallace, former communications chief to President George W. Bush, who in a comparison to Hillary Clinton characterized Trump as “so nimble” in his targeting of Democrats on social issues, Scarborough said the following: “On this point where you [Wallace] said he’s so ‘flexible,’ he’s like Prince — a shape-shifter.”

“Trump on social issues, on Planned Parenthood, when he was in the middle of the fight in South Carolina, it wasn’t like he was hiding things,” Scarborough added. “Hillary is going to be up against a guy that not only says we’re not going to cut Social Security, I’m with you on social issues — and by the way, we’re going to kill ISIS in two weeks.”

Scarborough was subsequently castigated by some in the social media for having made the comparison.

CNN also brought the names of the presidential front-runners of both parties into the discussion of Prince’s untimely death.

Anchor Jon Berman asked a panel whether the timing of the music legend’s loss would somehow benefit Hillary and Trump.

“Today the story isn’t the election, it’s Prince,” Berman said. “The passing of Prince. Does this freeze the race a little bit, and maybe benefit Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump coming off of big wins?”

Analyzing the political connections between pop culture figures and political ones is a common media theme, particularly when it comes to cable news broadcasts.

It turns out, though, the most fascinating link between Trump and Prince happens to be a musical one. Prince co-wrote a tune for a 1990 album titled “Pandemonium,” which was penned in the form of a slow jam for the R&B group, the Time (a.k.a. Morris Day and the Time).

The band was formed by Prince in 1981 in Minneapolis because a provision contained in the artist’s contract with Warner Bros. permitted him to work with other artists for the benefit of the label.

The above mentioned song is about an African-American version of Trump and is titled “Donald Trump (black version).” It was written by Prince along with band members Morris Day and Jerome Benton.

“Donald Trump (black version)” was originally intended to be the title track for a concept album called “Corporate World.” The record label ultimately scrapped the project; however, the song survived and was added to “Pandemonium.”

Prince did not take credit for his contribution to the Trump tune, but Warner Bros. representatives deftly leaked the information that Prince was indeed a co-writer.

The lyrics refer to what happens “when a money man walks in the room.”

The lyrics address the woman to which the song is directed, in the following manner: “Girl, you look more than twice. You look once, you look twice.”

The words to the chorus invoke the title, saying, “Donald Trump, black version, maybe that's what you need. A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream. Donald Trump, black version, come on take a chance. A 1990’s love affair, the real romance.”

Assuming the man that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich referred to on Twitter as the “presumptive #GOP nominee” is the individual who becomes the standard bearer for the Republican Party, the Trump campaign will not have far to look for a theme song.

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood. Read more reports from James Hirsen — Click Here Now.


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There are actually numerous links between the two famed individuals, each of their names having recently been brought up in the media and on the Internet following the unexpected passing of Prince.
Monday, 25 April 2016 10:52 AM
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