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Leah Greenblatt
September 15, 2015 AT 07:50 PM EDT

With the release of his excellent new album HITNRUN, released via Jay-Z’s Tidal service this month, Prince sat down with EW for one of his most wide-ranging interviews in years. The icon, 57, opened up Paisley Park and revealed how he harnessed a more “experimental” vibe for the album and shared how he keeps his artistic juices flowing well into his nearly four-decades-long career. (HITNRUN is his 38th studio album.) “It’s something you grab from the air, tap into,” he told EW. “Science can’t explain it….Everything is a grid. You have to build off that.”

The conversation also turned to some of Prince’s favorite musicians now: he sounded off on forebears like Joni Mitchell to a younger generation of musicians like Willow Smith. Here’s who he’s digging:

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