Prince’s Sister on Honoring Her Brother’s Vault of Unreleased Music

Musician Prince's sister Tyka Nelson poses for photographers in front of 'Purple Rain' era costumes at the 'My Name is Prince' exhibition at the O2 Arena in London, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The exhibition showcases hundreds of never before seen artefacts direct from Paisley Park, Prince's famous Minnesota private estate. Visitors will get a unique insight into the life, creativity and vision of one of the most naturally gifted recording artists of all time from October 27, 2017 until January 7, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Following Prince’s death in 2016Tyka Nelson, the musician’s younger sister, has been tasked with helping preserve the Purple One’s legacy. She shares one-sixth of Prince’s estate, with thousands of unreleased songs reportedly stowed away in Prince’s vault. Fans have eagerly demanded a taste of what the artist never got the chance to release on his own. Tyka, along with others who Prince trusted with his most prized collection, has spent the last four years uncovering and preserving treasures that only an artist as transcending as Prince could create. For Tyka, it’s an opportunity to fulfill her brother’s wishes, which he shared with her three years before his passing. “I won’t get off this planet until he gets every single solitary thing he worked so hard for and preserved for all of the world.”

This week, the estate announced the upcoming release of Welcome 2 America, an album Prince recorded in 2010 but never released. It’s just one example of how much of his music the world has still never heard. Prince was notably skeptical of the music industry’s benevolence and, in a prescient move, fought to wrestle back ownership of all of his masters. Now, as his legacy lives on, the careful work of preserving these creations unfolds.

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