Prince is dead. News that the innovative and flamboyant musician died at his home at Paisley Park today has set the internet and social media on fire. And because of Prince's nature, his work and the history of his career, we'll undoubtedly be inundated with a deluge of "Prince stories" over the next few days--from leading a late night pickup basketball game against Eddie Murphy and his entourage to when he changed his name to a symbol due to his contract dispute with Warner Bros.
But make no mistake, the best Prince story is told by Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Dogma, and Red State.
We lost one of the greatest Artists who ever lived. Prince's music was the soundtrack to my life. RIP, Royal genius. Nothing compared 2 U...
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) April 21, 2016
Smith, a self-proclaimed Prince fan, first told the story during his 2001-2002 speaking tour of college campuses and featured it in the edited DVD version of the tour, An Evening with Kevin Smith. According to Smith, he got in contact with Prince in an effort to get the rights to use "The Most Beautiful Girl in the Word" in one of his movies and ended up filming a documentary about fans reacting to a newly released Prince album (most likely The Rainbow Children).
It's a hilarious and crazy story that perfectly captures the genius and eccentricities of Prince and well worth the 30-minutes it takes to watch.