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A few hours after the news of Prince’s death broke, people headed over to MTV to catch some of their Prince favorites. MTV isn’t as known for playing music at the level it once did, but the network is still very capable of throwing together an awesome tribute playlist during certain moments. They mostly got this playlist right, however, between the tracks “New Power Generation” and “Controversy” the former music giant, now reality television giant accidentally played “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble” by Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff. Not exactly the same thing. Some of the people who were watching immediately headed to Twitter to share pithy comments about what happened.
This person’s comment, for instance, was perfect.
It's been so long since MTV played music videos, they forgot that Prince and Fresh Prince are two different people pic.twitter.com/R6PzSn6KTE— Ms. Anthrope (@AprilTara) April 21, 2016
This one hinted that someone may not have been so hot at searching for “Prince” in the archives.
Um...someone at MTV searched the "Prince" archives and now we've got Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.— Amanda Rykoff (@amandarykoff) April 21, 2016
And if you just need video proof of what happened, you can check it out, below.
lol mtv wrong prince pic.twitter.com/skTEiqBTV5— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) April 21, 2016
There's obviously a major difference between Will Smith throwing out some goofy raps and Prince playing guitar like a boss, so this whole thing was probably pretty startling to the people watching. It's also pretty amusing in a lot of ways. In fact, it seems like the type of thing Prince would have gotten a big kick out of. He wasn't exactly the type of guy who preferred normalcy.
News broke yesterday afternoon that Prince had passed away in his Paisley Park Compound in Minnesota early on Thursday morning. In the subsequent hours, fans learned that Prince had been ill a few days ago. Now rumors are swirling that opiates may have contributed to his ultimate death. Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, his loss is a tremendous tragedy for the music industry and for people who have good taste. We'll bring you more information about the legendary musician and icon when it becomes available.