In an interview conducted by Rolling Stone prior to his April 21 death, Prince criticized the modern music industry and Justin Bieber as he spoke about many other issues.
The discussion took place in January 2014 at Prince’s Paisley Park studio and was planned at the time as a cover story but was later scrapped, Rolling Stone reported.
"You're trying to find the personality first, make sure you've got that locked in," Prince said of the current music industry, according to Rolling Stone. "And it's better if they got scandal on 'em or a reality show or sex tape. And they have it down to an art. They're getting street cred for Justin Bieber now!"
Bieber was not aware of these comments when he posted a dismissive message about Prince online just hours after his death.
“Well not the last greatest living performer,” Bieber wrote online, before later deleting the message after it was criticized, according to the New York Daily News.
Prince also told the magazine about his continuing desire to make music.
“I write more than I record now, and I also play live a lot more than I record,” he told Rolling Stone. “I used to record something every day. I always tease that I have to go to studio rehab.”
His passion for music often led him to forget to eat or drink.
“I have gone long periods with no food, and also water – people have to remind me to drink water because I always forget to do that,” he said.
He pointed out that competing with past achievements was a challenge.
“That's kind of the blessing and a curse these days,” he added, “that I'm competing with [my] older music. And I don't know anybody who has to do that. They always play Beyonce's latest track. But I go on Oprah and they want me to play what they remember.”
Rolling Stone published the cover story as new information emerged about the artist’s alleged drug problems.
Police released logs of 911 calls, including one from 2011 in which a woman expressed concern about Prince’s "cocaine habits," CBS reported.
Speculation has also grown that Prince has a living son. On Jan. 26, 2015, a woman called Carver County Sheriff’s Office and asked the department to inform Prince about a shared son who was having heart surgery.
On the day of Prince’s death, a woman called the office asking that a mutual 17-year-old son be allowed to attend the funeral.