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Music producer Jimmy Jam talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about his relationship with Prince that stretches back to junior high, why the icon’s digital footprint was felt long before the internet caught up and the importance of artists owning their music.

On his relationship with Prince before the music:

“We grew up together. I went to junior high with Prince. He was a really good basketball player. He had really good handles. He was like Steph Curry. Prince could beat anybody at a game of HORSE. He could make baskets nobody could make.”

On Prince urging other artists to own their music:

“It’s the music business and for Prince, the music was always first with him. He had a lot of ideas in the way he wanted to put out the album. Prince always wanted to put out more music. He never understood the concept of, ‘it’s my music, why can’t I put it out when I want to?’ When he wrote ‘slave’ on his face, we thought it was strange, but he had a bigger picture of what he wanted to do.”

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Jimmy Jam On Prince’s Iconic Legacy, Digital Footprint & Finally Getting Back The ‘Time’ Name  was originally published on