Questlove Frustrated Over Prince’s Youtube Stance, His Remasters, & Legacy

Questlove took to Instagram, taking a photo of a DJ program where if you look to the top left is Prince’s name and we can only assume that Quest was adjusting level’s of Prince’s early material which has not been remastered and several top not DJ’s such as Quest have made their own type of remaster’s when it comes to the purple one’s work.

For more of what Questlove had to say about Prince, click the continue reading button….

Quest was not done there.  He made this comment;

2 of his biggest crimes: 1) taking his music off YouTube–when this is clearly how an unaware generation can discover his genius. He will pay dearly for that when people shrug like “when doves what”? & not remastering his first 10 years of music. This ish is getting hard tryna match it to today’s sound systems. #frustrated

Now, we joked yesterday how we could not find a Prince video on youtube yesterday to go with a story but it is not a joke.  Prince has NO official Youtube account and his video’s are disappearing again.  2 weeks ago, a video I posted of Prince and Whitney Houston together was taken down although in the past, his people were made aware of the video.  It was used after Whitney’s passing as a tribute to her.

Quest brings up a point that many fans of Prince’s early work are frustrated with; no remaster’s.  It would be frustrating without fan-made mastered versions such as “Controversy” “If Was Your Girlfriend” and “When Doves Cry” to name a few.  Quest is right though as the younger generation is more and more finding out about music through Youtube.

YouTube right now is the *NUMBER ONE* place kids listen to music now.

When WE had a chance to talk to Prince about Youtube and his masters, it was something that he has put thought into.

We are not going to share that just yet but will say we agree with Questlove on this. It is something that Prince is set on.

We wish we could talk to Quest about this but sometime around the New York “Welcome 2 America” shows, we were blocked.  Not sure why but because of it, anytime he has something to say about Prince or anything cool, unless someone retweets it, we NEVER see it, which TOTALLY sucks!

It would be great to have a Blu-Ray release of all his videos and an official Youtube channel.

What do you think of what Questlove said?-DocFB



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  • Jennifer R
    Posted at 07:15h, 10 May

    I already paid for his music, wore out the vinyl & cassettes & yet I have to pay again? This guy is selfish, younger ppl want to hear 1st, then buy if they like it.Prince wants ppl to to just blindly buy just because he’s “Prince?” Hid attitude already has many younh ppl saying “Prince who?””Oh, that guy that won’t let you hear his songs before you buy them!” Other artists aren’t doing this, they want younger ppl to see & hear their work which = buying the music & concert tickets. Big mistake Mr Nelson.

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  • barbara44
    Posted at 19:57h, 10 May

    This is 2014, and I’m still not able to listen to any Prince songs on Youtube.  Prince has over rated his own importance, and because of his stance, I will not buy any more of his CD’s.  Did you ever even try getting a “sample” of his recordings on Amazon?  They aren’t even allowing that.  Too bad, Prince.  You will lose a lot of potential customers.

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  • Giulio Boobzilla
    Posted at 10:32h, 27 November

    Don’t worry, b happy!!

  • MamaLisa
    Posted at 02:08h, 14 November

    when i heard the title for rock and roll love affair i got excited. when i heard the song i no longer was.

    maybe the focus has been lost and he is relying on his talent and live shows & greatest hits tours to make money..

    by blocking youtube etc u create a demand so that the only way to see him is to fork out hundreds of dollars at a show. as someone who has supported his work since i was a child, id say thats selfish in a way but at the same time… marketing genius.

    it used to be the music that was genius.

  • NoTubeKid
    Posted at 04:32h, 08 November

    You know, the really bad thing about all this is the fact that kids “find out about music through YouTube”. YouTube sucks, as does Facebook, and YouTube is Google, which is pure evil (Facebook ist evil all by itself), so this is what I gotta say to all this: “Kids, stay away from YouTube! Stay away from Facebook! Meet your buddies at home, listen to and share your music like your parents did back in the mediaeval age of their youth.” Simple as that.

  • vanstrass
    Posted at 16:54h, 06 November

    Dear Kelly Salaam with respect how can talent be a gimmick? I find his talent surpasses any musician that I have ever seen or heard, Unique. I am captivated by him.


  • Kelly Salaam
    Posted at 12:30h, 05 November

    He’s a bad ass and downloading his music is in direct conflict with his image as a bad ass!

  • Kelly Salaam
    Posted at 12:29h, 05 November

    Prince did not become famous just for his talent, his talent is a gimmick and so is everything about him, which is what makes him the most prolific recording artist of our time. That is his position; he does his own marketing!! His image is being sold without his permission which is exploitation, so in his hands, it’s genious! In someone elses hands, it could be folly. Well, so he maintains, if you are not paying him. Which is in direct conflict with his image as a bad ass!

  • mr. bell
    Posted at 10:46h, 08 September

    I agree with “christopher Tracey’s comment about the record company’s emphasis on making money, but not focusing on TALENT. Back during Prince’s early years it was about talent. The pressure of being original, standing out & not being a copy cat was what those true artists brought to the table was what made them survive and be truly successful. That is what Prince from the very beginning has sought to do, and is still doing to this day. Its obviously an approach that has worked very well for him. Why would he abandon it? I wouldn’t. I also agree that it would be splendid if more young minds were exsposed to his projects in the past. Perhaps he is planning on a way to accomodate them as we speak. But its HIS music. To share it & market it as he chooses. He fought for it and set an example that all musicians and entertainers in this industry can learn from in protecting themselves from the thieves who run this industry. They may own the “ovens”, but many young minds will always find new “microwaves” to get around the fat cat’s schemes. Just my opinion.

  • Christopher Tracey
    Posted at 15:32h, 07 September

    Prince has always been and will continue to be a little Tyrant when it come’s to his music.I think the fact that Warner let him produce his own records since the beginning lead to his unbalanced view of the music BUSINESS.

    Yes the baker should always make the bread but the record labels own the ovens.

    They don’t give a crap about “talent”.Their job is to “make bread”.
    If they gave a crap about “talent”, most of this hip-hop stuff wouldn’t be on the radio.

    Posted at 11:33h, 04 September

    Buy and listen to Prince’s albums on vinyl and you really don’t need a remaster. You wouldn’t want to leave that up to Prince anyway considering what was done to the 1999, the new master (cringe…). I doubt he is gaining a ton of new fans anyway. He should just give his long-time die hards what they want… Jewels from his vault in pristine quality, Crystal Ball 2, 3, 4, and 5. Live recordings too…

  • Robert "O"
    Posted at 02:51h, 31 August

    I support the purple one. At first, I thought I agreed with his dislike of his material being placed up on Utube onofficially for all to see. I am dismayed that he hasn’t taken the initiative to do so himself. For the future of his purpledom…..Please reconsider, Prince. We are starved for your music and relish any form of information from you. Reach the NEXT GENERATION with THE NEW POWER GENERATION. Your performances and new music give me fire on which to cook my own inspiration. Do it for us………GO TEAM PURPLE!!

  • Ben Ohmart
    Posted at 22:05h, 30 August

    I understand why Prince wouldn’t want to give away his music. I don’t either. Music takes time and effort. But, thru cdbaby for instance, you can get paid for music when it’s used on now. So he should reconsider now.

  • Eicei
    Posted at 03:15h, 30 August

    But then look what Prince did to 1999 for the New Master! Ruined it beyond ruination. Would you want that happening to Computer Blue, All The Critics., Just As Long As We’re Together? Nope, thought not! The Youtube thing is frustrating though unless you’re given the heads up and get in before he drags the videos down…

  • Xtian
    Posted at 15:18h, 27 August

    ?Love is partially right. I’d love to hear some remasters of the old school albums, especially as Prince steadily aquires the masters from WB. But putting his music on Youtube is not the answer. I’d much rather HEAR his music on the radio, or streaming online, or go see him live in concert — than see his videos or concert footage on the ‘net.
    Maybe I’m old school myself but I’ve never cared for MTV(even when they showed videos) and Youtube is hardly any different. Prince music is supposed to make you feel good inside, get off your ass and jam, and dance with your loved ones. You can’t do any of that sitting in front of a computer watching a video.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 11:53h, 25 August

    It makes me think he has issues with the content of most of that earlier material. The song “Sister” comes to mind.

  • katerina
    Posted at 03:11h, 24 August


  • Gloria
    Posted at 05:40h, 22 August

    I totally support remastering and a BluT presentation. I also support prince’s right and need to support his work. Solution: he gets involved with the production. Prince your art IS your business. Share it with all generations — those who have known, loved and purchased your art and those who have yet to know you. We need your presence, not absence, in the way that best represents you. That requires your oversight. We love your art. You love your art. Let’s make this a win-win-win for you, your art and us. Oh yeah. And it’s also profitable for you. Not a bad byproduct.

  • Garland
    Posted at 18:54h, 20 August

    We all agree with the need for Prince’s music to be remastered and for the man to be recognized for his legacy which stands with the greats of all time.

    This is a bidness and I know you ain’t too far gone to recognize this.
    Warner Brothers will never agree to do this because it’s not going to be profitable for them and Prince will not agree because it will require him to give in to a group that he thinks is the equivalant of a slave master.

  • Maya
    Posted at 14:47h, 20 August

    … and Soylent Green is people.

  • Idak4u
    Posted at 08:57h, 20 August

    Ps, You know how those Gemini people are, lol

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