Prince Paul Remixes An Album Featuring Guru, DOOM & More And Gives It Away For Free (Audio)
Prince Paul has a legendary career in Hip-Hop. A member of Stetsasonic, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, BROOKZILL! and many other projects, the Long Island, New Yorker revolutionized the way producers approached sampling in the 1980s. He mentored and produced De La Soul, in addition to work with Chris Rock, Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane, 3rd Bass, J-Live, and countless others.
As a solo artist, Paul is revered as well. 1999’s Prince Among Thieves forecast cinematic album-making and cast highly-skilled professional MCs as characters to his universe. After two LPs with Tommy Boy Records, Paul released third LP Politics Of Business with Razor+Tie in 2003. Featuring Dave Chappelle, Gang Starr’s Guru, DOOM, Erick Sermon, Chuck D, Ice-T, the album had big plans. Almost 15 years later, Paul was not satisfied with the LP’s sound. So, he remixed it. “This is the first time that I can think of that an artist has taken an album mad years later and just redid the whole thing because they didn’t like it,” Prince Paul told HipHopDX. “Usually they just live with the record, and they move on. They go, ‘Oh, I’ll make my next one.’ But I was like, ‘Nah I’m gonna revise.’” He also added a track with De La Soul that did not come out on the original. He confirmed to DX that the song was from a super-group The Good, The Bad & The Ugly with Paul, De La, Dan The Automator, and Dust Brothers’ co-founder Mike Simpson. Dan joins Paul as Handsome Boy Modeling School, and the effort would have marked a greater reunion of the producer and his most revered group.
If a “Redux” version were not great enough, the Grammy Award winner gives it away for free:
Heads looking for open streams and Prince Paul content ought not sleep on 2016’s Throwback To The Future LP from BROOKZILL! (Paul, Ladybug Mecca, Don Newkirk, and Rodrigo).