Prince Paul Drops An Alternative Mix To His Project With P-Funk/Talking Heads’ Bernie Worrell (Audio)
Just on the strength of De La Soul’s first three albums, Prince Paul makes a case for one of Hip-Hop’s greatest producers. That ignores his tremendous contributions to Stetsasonic, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, as well as a critically-championed solo career, plus joints for 3rd Bass, Dr. Octagon, and Boogie Down Productions.
Since the Tommy Boy Records era, Paul stays busy… but sometimes off the mainstream radar. He’s got a UStream show with his DJ’ing son (DJ P Forreal) “Negroes On Ice” (also a play), he’s worked closely with Chris Rock, and is said to be doing an album with Bumpy Knuckles and R.A. The Rugged Man (all three Long Island O.G.’s). Anyway… one thing Paul did back in ’07 was Baby Elephant. The project was a collaboration with Bernie Worrell (Parliament-Funkadelic, The Talking Heads, The Tom-Tom Club), and Paul’s longtime affiliate Don Newkirk (who is scoring films now).
The LP had a groovy tune called “Plainfield” (named after the New Jersey city), which featured Digital Underground’s Shock G on vocals. Prince Paul however dropped off the pure instrumental version. This groove shows so much range, and goes well on a winter playlist.