LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artist Prince performs the song "Purple Rain" at the 46th Annual
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Prince thought Chris Brown was worthy of mentorship, and that many of his transgressions—which including assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna in 2009—weren't beyond the realm of forgiveness. 

Rolling Stone's most recent cover story features an in-depth interview with the performer at his Paisley Park estate. Originally written and subsequently scrapped in 2014, the piece unveils many intimate details of the late performer's life. One of which, Pitchfork notes, was Prince's desire to teach Chris Brown a thing or two. 

When writer Brian Hiatt and Prince broached the topic of Brown, Hiatt noted that many people considered the embattled singer "unforgivable." 

Prince disagreed: "Unforgivable? Goodness. That's when we go check the master, Christ," he said. The Purple One also described the satisfaction of extending forgiveness as cathartic. "It's the best feeling in the world," Prince said, "and it totally dismantles that person's whole stance."

For some touching Prince musical tributes, check out D'Angelo's rendition of "Sometimes in Snows in April," and Rihanna's powerful, illuminated homage.