Here is some info regarding Prince & his beef with Rick James that I got told. Prince hated how Rick treated women physically first of all, cause you already know his experiences of violence & abuse in his family. Second, Prince didn’t really sweat Rick. not musically. Prince used to be (& still is) real quiet around men, especially ones like Rick cause he would ALWAYS get the shit ripped outta him for being a shortie/feminine/weird like I said already & Rick took every opportunity to do that which made Prince hate him & avoid him. LOL Prince would come out in little bikini drawers & wiggle his ass & dick! Also, people mistook the silence & withdrawal for Prince being arrogant (he was, but not like that haha), Rick used to drink & drug mainly & focus on the music second as well which bugged Prince so much that he vowed to outdo Rick in performances/success & he surely did. Rick said in interviews that Prince’s success really bothered him & this is a quote I found: “I always felt our competition was healthy, although I was jealous when he started getting big, more than jealous, I was pissed.. because I felt his songs & a lot of his stuff wasn’t real.” One time, Rick STOLE Prince’s synthesisers (which he all programmed himself, barely anyone could do it to that standard at the time) & recorded Street Songs with ‘em. Rick then sent 'em back to Prince with a thank you note. Prince just shugged his shoulder & ignored it although he could of called Rick out for it. So, we think that he hated Prince cause he was trying to take his place & ignored him instead of confronting/responding & for trying to steal his show. Also, he hated that Prince was well liked, especially when Prince & Teena Marie became buddies & also when Jill Jones joined the purple camp too. Stealing Vanity & forming Vanity 6 was the last straw!
— Confessions of a previous employee of Prince’s ‘Paisley Park’ studio