“A real musician is always in creative mode,” Prince tells Essence Magazine and that’s exactly what he does for their June 2014 issue. The skillful crooner who sang about crying doves channels his inner Jimi Hendrix with an afro, fringes, and an epic guitar for the cover.

As the magazine prepares for the 20th Essence Festival and Prince celebrates 30-years of Purple Rain, they connect to discuss The Artist Formally Known As…’s new studio album, his lack of profanity, and more. Check it out after the jump.

JaaiR (JR)

Curse Words:

“Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse?” he said. “Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? Marsha [Ambrosius], Lianne [La Havas], Janelle [Monae] … They’re all my sisters. We shouldn’t curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty.”

New Album:

“A brand new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.”

Record Executives:

“Every time I talk to the heads of large companies, they’re always at the beach,” said Prince. “Middle of the afternoon. What are you doing? ‘Oh, I’m at the beach with my kids.’ So we’re working to send their kids to college. And to the beach. We’re not supposed to accept that.”

Source: Essence & GG