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They Call Me Music: RP Boo's 13 Favourite Albums
Joe Roberts , September 15th, 2021 13:44

RP Boo takes tQ through the 13 records that shaped him, from playing with DJ Rashad to the life-changing experience of seeing Prince’s Purple Rain, his mother’s love of James Brown and his uncle’s introduction to 808 State

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Prince And The Revolution - Purple Rain

I still remember the day the movie came out. I was about 11 and me and some friends went down to the movie theatre. Some of the guys with us were 17 or 18, so we were able to get in.

We caught the second show, so as we came in the first show was just ending and I noticed something. Whenever ‘Purple Rain’ plays, the room goes quiet. It’s pure silence every time. When we walked in, it was on the part when it plays. Then when we watched the movie, the same thing happened. We were just soaking it in. Anyone who has watched that movie notices the same thing. When it comes on, it gets quiet. It’s a very powerful song.

My mum bought the 45 of ‘When Doves Cry’ and as the years went by, I kept hearing different joints off the album. Then in about ‘96 I found out something extra. I was at a rave party and one of the guys played ‘When Doves Cry’. I’d never heard someone mix ‘When Doves Cry’ in one of those sessions. Then the next track he played behind it was something else electronic. That’s when I realised eighty-five percent of that album is pure dance music.