Here are some of Prince’s most political, and historic, moments.
“Ol’ Skool Company”
In March 2009, during the throes of the Great Recession, Prince premiered the song “Ol’ Skool Company” on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
“The fat cats on Wall Street, they got a bailout. Think it was AIG,” Prince sang in the single, referring to the insurance company American International Group Inc., which was bailed out by the government amid an enormous scandal, with a hefty price tag of $182 billion tax dollars.
“Everybody’s talking about hard times, like it just started yesterday,” he says in the studio recording of the song.
People I know they have been struggling, at least it seems that way. Fat cats on Wall Street, they got a bailout, while somebody else got to wait.”
“$700 billion but my old neighborhood, ain’t nothing changed but the date.”
In the past year, with the meteoric rise of self-declared democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who has harshly criticized Wall Street and its role in the 2008 to 2009 economic crisis, these kinds of comments may not seem surprising. But Prince’s remarks predated even the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement.