Before the Internet as we know it today, before social media, there was AOL. Specifically there was AOL chat rooms. The digital world was smaller then but Prince was always there. He was so ahead of his time digitally. The Purple One did group chats with fans all the time on AOL. A “room” in AOL chat parlance was like a Twitter DM — a private chat room.
Six years ago my friend Erica Kennedy and I were talking about what she was going to write for her next book. She had just released her second book, Feminista, and was pretty well known for her first book, Bling that satirized the music industry that she came up in. We had the idea of a Kindle Single detailing her interactions with Prince while she was working on a profile for InStyle Magazine. You can see photos of Prince’s Spanish Villa and a few lines of Erica’s AOL chats with Prince over at InStyle now.
This is the AOL chat log detailing her interactions with Prince that Erica emailed me while we were planning her novella.
Here, of course, “NPG — -” was Prince’s private AOL chat handle at that time while Ekj4 is Erica. I have kept all the typos exactly as they occurred in 1999.