BE­HIND THE MU­SIC

THE IM­PRES­SIVE — AND SUR­PRIS­ING — DI­REC­TORS HE WORKED WITH ON HIS MU­SIC VIDEOS

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SPIKE LEE

MONEY DON’T MAT­TER 2 NIGHT (1992) Fit­ting with the song’s moral mes­sage, Spike Lee in­ter­cuts footage of an im­pov­er­ished African-amer­i­can fam­ily with archive ma­te­rial of 20th-cen­tury de­pres­sions, re­ces­sions, starv­ing chil­dren, Don­ald Trump strut­ting into the Trump Taj Ma­hal casino, and Ge­orge Bush Snr. play­ing golf. Prince didn’t want to ap­pear in it, and Lee never showed him a treat­ment.

ICE CUBE

LOVE SIGN (1994) “I did it when I was try­ing to get my feet wet in di­rect­ing,” said Ice Cube, who made The Play­ers Club four years later. “It was cool to get him to act a lit­tle bit.” Cube had Prince play a DJ who stops an as­sas­sin (Nona Gaye) from killing him by mak­ing a love sign with his hand. She ends up in his bub­ble bath.

AN­TOINE FUQUA

THE MOST BEAU­TI­FUL GIRL IN THE WORLD (1994) An af­fec­tion­ate trib­ute to women, with a se­lec­tion of them sit­ting on a couch watch­ing their achieve­ments on a screen while Prince per­forms in a red doily. Fuqua had been in Pais­ley Park for a day dis­cussing ideas with Prince; the singer then phoned him at 2am, say­ing, “It’s the boss. I’m ready to shoot now.” Fuqua scram­bled a crew to­gether and shot it that night.

SALMA HAYEK

TE AMO CORAZÓN (2005) Hayek had di­rected a TV movie, The Mal­don­ado Mir­a­cle, in 2003, and Prince was en­cour­ag­ing her to di­rect again when he hired her for this. They filmed it in Mar­rakesh, where Hayek shot Prince read­ing a Span­ish-english dic­tionary and play­ing guitar while ladies do sexy trapez­ing above him. Prince called Hayek “the most thought­ful, at­ten­tive direc­tor I have ever worked with”.

GE­ORGE MILLER

THE SONG OF THE HEART (2006) Prince wrote The Song Of The Heart for Miller’s Happy Feet, and the video is a mon­tage of mo­ments from the film. Miller ini­tially ap­proached Prince to get his per­mis­sion to have Hugh Jack­man and Ni­cole Kid­man sing Kiss in the film, then asked Prince for a new song, which the singer agreed to do af­ter watch­ing it at Pais­ley Park.

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