Every July 4 weekend, Essence Festival brings a slew of top-notch R&B, hip hop, and gospel performers to the Superdome. This year, I’m personally looking forward to seeing Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Robert Glasper, and SWV.
But honestly, the standout favorite for this year’s festival is Prince. As a living legend, he has presented a distinct air of mystery, fearlessness, and inexplicable awesome.
Below is a list of reasons why Prince is amazing and literally the most epic photos (and gifs) of the artist who changed the music industry.
Prince is amazing…
1. Because when you want to talk, he really listens.
2. Because he transcends time and space.
3. Because behind these sunglasses is all the shade.
Remember when Prince changed his name to that unpronounceable symbol and he dared the announcer to say his name.
4. Because he licks his fingers…a lot.
5. Because even when Prince is lonely, he strikes a pose.
6. Because he probably designed this suit himself.
7. Because he makes an amazing Joker.
8. Because he’s invited America to smell his arm pit…
And it smelt like doves crying.
9. Because even on a bad day, his hair looks better than most of the Real Housewives.
10. Because when he’s mad, he lets you know.
11. Because he woke up like this.
12. Because he was on that super weird episode of New Girl.
13. Because this was his high school yearbook photo.
14. And most importantly, because of this.