In a new interview with Rolling Stone on the anniversary of Prince’s passing, Morris Day recalls his friendship with The Purple One, The Grammys, and more.

The anniversary of Prince’s death hit everyone differently.

A musical legacy like Prince Rogers Nelson’s isn’t just remembered or paid homage to; it’s treasured. Prince’s talent was otherworldly, his facial expressions and mastery of subtle shade remaining go to GIF staple’s even after his passing. But it’s still very, very weird to recall that a year ago today, we lost the man otherwise known as The Purple One.

Morris Day, of the band The Time, perhaps knew Prince better than anyone. It’s why he took his time to process Prince’s death and was absent from the BET Awards tribute for The Purple One but emerged from self-imposed shadows to join Bruno Mars onstage for the tribute at The Grammys. In honor of Prince’s passing, Morris Day sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine to share a new Prince-inspired video, “Over That Rainbow,” and also to recall his fallen friend.

There are many quotables and many moments that might make you chuckle aloud in the interview (the story behind Morris’s token “Somebody get me a mirror!” show line has to be read to be believed and Day admits “Ice Cream Castles” is one of his favorite collaborations with the belated Purple One), but here are a few that stood out most:

On how he reacted to Prince’s death

“I was in denial like a lot of people probably were. I had just been to Paisley Park like two months prior [because] Prince wanted us to come party with him… When I found it was really him, it didn’t really hit me. It took a while to sink in.”

How Prince “controlled” the rivalry between himself and The Time:

“Nobody does what [The Time] does. Nobody does the steps, the real music. It turned into a rivalry for real because sometimes he would lay into us pretty good, and then sometimes, we’d kick his ass musically. And people were seeing it… so he wouldn’t let us perform in certain markets, and when we were touring together, we’d get the night off occasionally, because he didn’t want that kind of pressure.”

On his relationship with Prince:

“I always kept it real with him because we’d known each other since we were kids. I wasn’t in the habit of biting my tongue around him. And he ended up with a bunch of yes people around him. Eventually, that drove the divider between us. He was the classic example of a workaholic… whereas when I reached my limit, I’d be like, ‘Damn, I need to go lay down.'”


You can read Morris Day’s full interview with Rolling Stone here.