I know his soloing skills were amazing but I honestly think his bigger impact on me and maybe on music was in how funky his rhythm parts were. In my mind he introduced a generation of suburban kids to the funk. I think about the funk breakdown in "Batdance" for example. It makes the song. Or that signature funk lick in "Kiss." I'd never heard anything like it as a white teen in NJ. It made me want to learn how to do that. "Alphabet St." Had another great funky guitar groove. Prince brought funk guitar to white, 1980s America. And we're all richer for it.