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Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson shares family photos, promises a ‘big surprise’ on June 7

Photos posted to social media by Tyka Nelson offer a rare glimpse into Prince's family life

“What do U get when U mix Empire with Kingdom Come?”

That’s the riddle being posed by Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, who has been using her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts to tease a “big surprise” that will be revealed on Wednesday, June 7. Prince was born on that date 59 years ago, and many of Tyka’s photos offer an unprecedented glimpse into his childhood and their life as a family.

In one photo, Prince can be seen wearing a purple jacket and ruffled blouse from theĀ 1999 and Purple Rain era, planting a kiss on his mother Mattie Baker’s cheek. In another, Prince and Tyka’s father, the musician John Nelson, leans against a grand piano next to a framed photo of Prince in high school.

And in perhaps the earliest photo ever shared publicly of Prince, a two-year-old baby Nelson stands in front of his childhood home at 915 Logan Ave. N. in North Minneapolis (a house that’s since been torn down and replaced) as his pregnant mother stands in the foreground. The photograph is dated May 1960, the month Tyka was born.

So what do these hints have to do with Empire (not to mention Kingdom Come)? It would appear that the former plays into the surprise quite significantly, as additional photos show Tyka Nelson and her husband, Maurice Phillips, are shown posing with various cast members from Empire at a rooftop party. Season three of the show just wrapped up on May 24, and the show has been teasing previews of the fourth season, which returns to FOX this fall.

See more of Tyka’s teasers below:

My family SO PROUD Of them!!!!

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Can u guess which one is me & Princes mom?

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Another one of brothers greeting cards lol

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My son & Tony…can u guess which ones are part of the surprise

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  • Debbie Dominico

    I. Will. Never. For. Get. Your. Love. Your a true. Firend.

  • Anita G Lang

    I have yet to get over my man’s Prince the Artist of Seduction death. I can finally watch old videos of him. My heart bleeds because I never got to meet him. I too have my Prince stories. No I didn’t met him, but he put all 3 of my children names in one of his song. My son Nate was born Dec. 2 1982 sign of times call him Nate if its a boy. Then he LATER RELEASED Batdance. In this song he says both of my daughters names. Jackie born Jan. 15,1984 and Kiki born Jan 12,1985. My children were named before each of these songs were released. Also my brother and I named him the Artist of Seduction in 1983. my man

    • lulumason

      I love the name Nate!! Beautiful! But…in Batdance, doesn’t he say Ducky and Vicky rather than Jackie and Kiki? The Artist of Seduction is a name that is entirely fitting!! :)

      • Theresa Lord

        Yes you are right, Vicky Vale and Ducky.

        • abn

          Hey ducky, Iet me stick the 7 inch into the computer?
          Heyyyy we got the power
          Oh we got the soul
          Heyyy we got the sho’nuff
          get off to make the devil
          Go go.
          The town needs an enima!!

          Me and my daughter use to Jam. Tears fall now…

    • Kathy Gentry

      Sweet

  • Anita G Lang

    My wish/goal is to come to MN where both of my daughter now reside to just see where he resided. But I don’t really think I can take it. I think I will fall apart right there. I’m so proud that you guys are doing what I think Prince would have wanted. He was a given man and cared a lot about his fans and his people. Please keep up the good work in his name My Man Prince

  • abn

    I BEEN A FAM SINCE 1978, I FELT SO CONNECTED TO THIS MAN. HE HAD GOT ME THROUGH SO MUCH WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL SONGS. I WAKE UP EVERYDAY WISHING IT WAS ALL JUST A DREAM. BUT I BELIEVE IN THE SAME RELIGION HE DID. WE ALL ARE IMPERFECT AND MAKE MISTAKES, THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT IT IS, THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE TO FORGIVE US. THAT’S A LOVING GOD, GOD DID NOT MEANT FOR US TO GROW OLD AND JUST DIE. THERE’S AN EVERLASTING LIFE HE PROMISED. MAY WE MEET AGAIN MY HERO.
    YOU MEANT SO MUCH TO US.

  • annahannah

    As much as u tiki and husband want your own fame, out of prince life, it is not of value to Prince fans. Get over yourselves quickly, please.

  • Marianna

    You know good and damn well that whatever the fuck you’re planning supposedly in honor of Prince is a clear slap in the face of his legacy…You and the rest of your half siblings are nothing more than greedy, opporitunistic, attention whores trying to play nice by releasing his unreleased songs and albums under the radar as a means to pacify some of us but I will not be fooled by your bullshit. Game recognizes game sweetie and eventually everyone will wake the hell up and see you for who you really are. You can’t even come together on one accord when it comes to running Paisley Park as a legit museum and who’s bright idea was it to open it up as such months after the man died? Tyka, you are full of shit and I will not be fooled by your misguided, crackheaded, fake boss moves when it comes to Prince’s legacy. You and your half siblings don’t have a clue as to manage his money nor his catalog appropriately none of you which is why he kept his distance from you all in the first place. He couldn’t trust you, he couldn’t trust anyone but himself. Your jealousy is what’s going to ultimately be the downfall of his carefully crafted musical legacy and the anger and rage directed at you and your siblings will ultimately be the karmic justice that you rightfully deserve. You may have others fooled but not me, you are no better than that vindictive, manipulative bitch Mayte and that ratchet ass book of hers. You’re an embarrassment and you know it. And whatever bullshit you have concocted with His Money and reputation, will be your own undoing if you fuck up royal. And fuck anyone who didn’t like what I had to say.