Quest love publicly showed his sadness about Prince via his social media, but that just wasn’t enough to express what Prince meant to him and the world. He decided to write an emotionally touching essay on Prince in an essay published by Rolling Stone. In the essay he goes on about how Prince’s music influenced him, starting from when he was a child. He starts off by mentioning how he purchased the singer’s 1999 album four times, as his parents kept taking it from him claiming it was too sexual.
He also touched on the singer’s confusing relationship with hip-hop artists:
Prince’s relationship to hip-hop has been the subject of much scrutiny, and more than a little mockery. It’s commonplace to say that he couldn’t figure out rap music, and to point to the sometimes stilted appearances of rappers on his records in the early Nineties. But at heart, he was more hip-hop than anyone.
Think of 1999 again — or rather 1982. It was such a banner year for the use of drum machines, from Arthur Baker to Afrika Bambaataa. Prince’s programming work on 1999 was beyond anything I had ever heard, just as innovative as the best hip-hop producers in the years to come: the Bomb Squad, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla.
After this segment he speaks about actually meeting Prince, the influence of Purple Rain, and why he thinks Prince was such a special person in the music world. You can check out the full essay here.