He was dreaming big when he wrote this.
Long before Prince cemented his legacy as one of the most iconic musicians of all time, he knew what lay ahead for his career, as evidenced by a throwback photo recently shared by Common.
The photo features a shaggy-haired Prince in his early 20s on the backstage pass for Rick James’s 1980 world tour, for which he was the opening act.
Common took to Twitter to share this throwback photo of Prince’s backstage pass for Rick James’ 1980 tour.
Underneath his name, the future Purple One filled in the “Position” slot with “Musician/Star.”
“That time when this young unknown artist opened for Rick James,” Common captioned the photo. “Please look at what he wrote in the ‘Position’ section. #HeKnew #tbt.”
The laminated pass is currently up for auction from the collection of “an early Prince insider.”
It’s a special piece of memorabilia for Prince fanatics, as his time on James’ “Fire It Up” tour sparked bad blood between the two artists for years.
Prince joined the tour as the opening act in February 1980, coming off a headlining tour of his own that kicked off in November 1979.
Rare photos of Prince released on the anniversary of his death
As expected, he was a hit with the crowd, and all but stole James’ thunder.
In his 2014 autobiography “Glow,” James accused Prince of copping his moves: “Prince was emulating my mic moves like a motherf—er. He was calling out my funk chants and even flashing my funk sign.”
He also once griped to Rolling Stone, “I can’t believe people are gullible enough to buy Prince’s jive records. (He is) a mentally disturbed young man. He’s out to lunch. You can’t take his music seriously. He sings songs about oral sex and incest.”
Prince died of an accidental opioid overdose in April 2016 at 57.