Name: Samantha McCarroll-Hyne

Age: 22

Years as a Prince fan: 20

First album: Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

Favorite album: New Power Soul

Current jam: Poom Poom

Yep, you heard that right. For the first week, I am featuring myself! I will be turning 22 at the end of the month, which means that the number of years that I have lived so far is less than the amount of times I’ve been to Paisley Park (29 and counting). I work full-time while also attending school full-time, working towards an advertising degree.

Every single day is a mystery as a Prince fan. Every morning, I wake up knowing that anything and everything can happen, and it usually does.  -Samantha

I grew up with my father playing a variety of albums for me, ranging from jazz, hip hop, reggae, soul, folk, and international rap. Genres weren’t very defined for me throughout my childhood, it was all just quality music that fed my soul. I purchased my first Prince album, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic at Electric Fetus in Minneapolis when I was 5 years old. Before that, my mom had played “La, La, La Means I Love U” for me every night since Emancipation was released (I was 2 years old at the time). Rave was the first time I chose to listen to Prince. I was intrigued by his fruit-roll-up-esque blue suit. My dad was reluctant to tell me who this man was, but purchased the album for me nonetheless. From the first listen, I was hooked. Everything I had previously learned about music was embodied by this one man. Instead of pulling out a box of tapes or CDs to hear a variety of genres, I only needed one.

Prince has something for everyone, you just need to have patience and an open mind. -Samantha

For about 16 years, “Style” from the Emancipation album was my go-to song. I loved the horns on that piece, which may be partially why I picked up the saxophone at age 10. Since then, my favorite song has changed several times. As you will see from my upcoming posts, I cherish so many different styles of music for a wide variety of reasons.

My jam for the past couple years has been “Poom Poom.” I often overlooked the Crystal Ball album as a whole before a few years ago. The first time I heard “Poom Poom” I was honestly a bit confused. But the second time I heard it, I was completely hooked. From Prince screaming “What am I gonna do?” at the beginning, to the consuming beat, to the rap hindered by a sucker (presumably) in Prince’s mouth, to the somewhat failed attempt at beatboxing at the end, there is no other song that compares to it for me.

4:59…Could you be so kind to tick a little faster, so I could find a better way to spend this precious time than occupying my mind with the Poom Poom?

Listen to “Poom Poom” via Tidal

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