LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Prince performs onstage at The Hollywood Palladium on March 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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Prince is coming clean... with himself. 

In a new cover story for Essence, his Purpleness explains why he no longer performs songs that include dirty words. No, it's not because he's a Jehovah's Witness: It's because of a boxing legend.  

"Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse? Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? Marsha [Ambrosius], Lianne [La Havas], Janelle [Monae] … They're all my sisters. We shouldn't curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty," he said

Over the last decade, Prince has avoided playing songs with dirty connotations, which means fans rarely (or never) hear classics like "Erotic City," "Head," "Darling Nikki," "Come," P-ssy Control" and "Scarlet P-ssy."

Still, Prince fans have a lot to look forward to. He's currently prepping the release of his new studio album, Plectrum Electrum, set for release this year. Recently, he's played a bunch of marathon shows, lending his talents to Rita Ora and Zooey Deschanel, as well as releasing new songs of his own. Stream his latest tune, "The Breakdown," below: