By Shannon Carlin
Prince may have once been known for songs like “Erotic City,” which made fair use of the F-word, but now he’s decided dirty words just aren’t for him.
The Purple One revealed this in his upcoming cover story in June’s Essence, which has been dubbed the “Prince After Dark” issue, noting that it’s disrespectful to use such salty language in regards to women.
“Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse?” he said (via People). “Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? Marsha [Ambrosius], Lianne [La Havas], Janelle [Monae] … They’re all my sisters. We shouldn’t curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty.”
In the issue, Prince also criticizes the heads of major labels, who he says are always at the beach.
“Middle of the afternoon. What are you doing? ‘Oh, I’m at the beach with my kids,'” he told the mag (via Rolling Stone). “So we’re working to send their kids to college. And to the beach. We’re not supposed to accept that.”
After decades of disagreements between Prince and Warner Bros. Records, he recently signed a deal with them to release a 30th-anniversary deluxe edition of Purple Rain, digitally re-mastered for the first time,with more projects coming down the pipeline.
The musician is scheduled to release his 33rd album, Plectrum Electrum, sometime this year.
Prince is set to headline the Essence Festival during Fourth of July weekend (July 3-6) 2014. This year’s festival included sets from Beyonce, Brandy, Janelle Monae, Emeli Sande, Jill Scott and Maxwell.
Pick-up Prince’s issue of Essence on May 9, which the singer also interviews Nile Rodgers.