Cincinnati, OH (AP, FOX19) - Bootsy Collins met Prince when they were both with the Warner Bros. label back in 1978.
Six years later, Prince's music career hit the stratosphere with "Purple Rain." Both the movie and the album were monster hits.
"All musicians want to do is play, have a good time, and make a few dollars," Collins said.
He adds, "Prince had this thing about making sure his business was straight, and I admire that about him."
Prince had the honor of inducting Bootsy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. In fact, Bootsy says he insisted on it.
"All I remember was Prince smiling. This is what he wanted to do, because I felt he grew up under us."
Today Bootsy tweeted, "Say it ain't so, but it like it is. Our Prince has evolved into another frequency of Love & Light."