Micki Free rose to fame with Shalamar in the 1970s and 80s, and the famed artist found resurgence when he was featured in Dave Chappelle's hilarious "Chappelle Show" skit about Prince playing basketball. Micki reminisced fondly on the moment in an exclusive statement to VladTV following Prince's untimely death on Thursday (April 21).
Micki wrote, "I am numb as the world is, I loved Prince and the times we hung, when we ruled Hollywood hanging at Tramps with Eddie & Charlie Murphy in Beverly Hills...and all the fantastic jams at Sunset Sound, I will never forget when you flew me to Minnesota to hang and audition for your group Maserati with Brown Mark, how you teased when you saw my then wife actress Teri Copley pregnant with my daughter Anastasia; "Whats that under your dress, a basketball"!?...and when you asked me to be in your new movie "The Coco Boy's", when I recorded your song "We Can Funk" for you, and the infamous Dave Chappelle skit....ALL TRUE AS WE KNOW MY BROTHER!...too many memories to state, and wishing today was just a bad dream....let's play basketball in heaven. RIP PURPLE ONE....Micki."