Prince Paul (producer)
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Prince Paul in 2000
|Birth name||Paul Huston|
|Also known as||The Undertaker, Chest Rockwell|
|Born||April 2, 1967|
|Origin||Amityville, New York, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||DJ, record producer, rapper|
|Labels||Tommy Boy, Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Records
Razor and Tie Records
|Associated acts||Prince Paul & The Black Labels, Stetsasonic, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gravediggaz, De La Soul, MC Paul Barman, Chris Rock, Big Daddy Kane, Resident Alien, Horror City, Dino 5|
Paul Edward Huston, (born April 2, 1967) better known by his stage name Prince Paul, is an American disc jockey, record producer and recording artist from Amityville, New York. Paul began his career as a DJ for Stetsasonic. Since then he has worked on albums by Boogie Down Productions, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane and 3rd Bass, among others. Major recognition for Prince Paul came when he produced De La Soul's debut album 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), in which he pioneered new approaches to hip hop production, mixing and sampling, as well as by adding comedy sketches.
In 1994, Paul returned to rapping, joining RZA and Frukwan in Gravediggaz, a project that debuted with 6 Feet Deep. His first solo album, Psychoanalysis: What Is It?, came out in 1997, followed by a second album, A Prince Among Thieves, in 1999. Later that year Prince Paul formed Handsome Boy Modeling School with Dan the Automator and they released the album So...How's Your Girl?.
Life and career
Prince Paul was one of the original members of Stetsasonic. He produced tracks on 3rd Bass' 1989 debut The Cactus Album and De La Soul's first three albums. After this he released two solo albums: Psychoanalysis: What is It? and A Prince Among Thieves, featuring Big Daddy Kane, Xzibit, Kool Keith, and Everlast. He, along with Frukwan of Stetsasonic, Too Poetic of Brothers Grimm, and The RZA of Wu-Tang Clan compose Gravediggaz. He is known for sampling from a wide range of genres.
In 1996, he appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Wu-Tang Clan, Coolio, and Fat Joe. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as a masterpiece by The Source magazine.
Prince Paul formed Handsome Boy Modeling School with Dan the Automator and their album So... How's Your Girl? featured Sean Lennon, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Alec Empire, and Don Novello. He was also paired up with Deltron 3030 on their self-titled album for the song The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza. In 2000, Prince Paul produced MC Paul Barman's début EP It's Very Stimulating, followed by another Handsome Boy Modeling School album, White People, with guests including the RZA, Linkin Park, Tim Meadows, and John Oates.
Prince Paul's 2003 album Politics of the Business again featured many guests such as Chuck D, Ice-T, the Beatnuts, and Wordsworth. The latter also collaborated on a track Paul composed for the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtrack. Several songs by Paul have been featured only on compilations such as Om Records's "Deep Concentration" and Bill Laswell's "Altered Beats".
His most recent release is the album Itstrumental. It encompasses a range of genres, relying heavily on past samples, especially from A Prince Among Thieves, and combining it with lighthearted skits about his depression. He also produced the album The Art of Picking Up Women by the Dix, which combines some of hip-hop's misogyny and boasting with 1960s-style R&B.
Paul was the host of XM radio's "The Ill Out Show", until the station was dropped following its merger with Sirius. The show presented news, classic songs, and interviews with various hip-hop artists.
One of Prince Paul's more recent projects is Baby Elephant, a collaboration with Parliament and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and longtime Paul associate Don Newkirk. An album Turn My Teeth Up!, released in September 2007, features George Clinton, Shock G, Yellowman, Reggie Watts, Nona Hendryx, David Byrne, and Gabby La La.
- 1996: Psychoanalysis: What is It? (WordSound Records, later reissued by Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records in 1997 with bonus cuts)
- 1999: A Prince Among Thieves (Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records)
- 2003: Politics of the Business (Razor & Tie)
- 2005: Itstrumental (Female Fun Records)
- 2005: Hip Hop Gold Dust (Antidote)
- 1986: On Fire (Stetsasonic)
- 1988: In Full Gear (Stetsasonic)
- 1989: 3 Feet High and Rising (De La Soul)
- 1991: Blood, Sweat & No Tears (Stetsasonic)
- 1991: De La Soul Is Dead (De La Soul)
- 1992: It Takes a Nation of Suckas to Let Us In (Resident Alien) (released as a free download)
- 1993: Buhloone Mindstate (De La Soul)
- 1994: Niggamortis/6 Feet Deep (Gravediggaz)
- 1995: Prince Paul presents Horror City (Horror City) (released as a free download)
- 1996: Mistaken Identity (Vernon Reid)
- 1999: So... How's Your Girl? (Handsome Boy Modeling School)
- 2000: It's Very Stimulating (MC Paul Barman)
- 2004: White People (Handsome Boy Modeling School)
- 2005: The Art of Picking Up Women (The Dix)
- 2007: Turn My Teeth Up! (Baby Elephant)
- 2008: Baby Loves Hip Hop presents The Dino 5 (Dino 5)
- 2009: Montezuma's Revenge (Souls of Mischief)
- 2012: Negroes on Ice (Negroes on Ice)
- It's a Big Daddy Thing by Big Daddy Kane (1989)
- The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass (1989)
- All Hail the Queen by Queen Latifah (1989)
- To Your Soul by Jaz-O (1990)
- Starting from Zero by Groove B Chill (1990)
- Taste of Chocolate by Big Daddy Kane (1990)
- Derelicts of Dialect by 3rd Bass (1991)
- Daddy's Little Girl by Nikki D (1991)
- Sex and Violence by Boogie Down Productions (1992)
- I Thought U Knew by Candyman (1993)
- My Field Trip to Planet 9 by Justin Warfield (1993)
- Behind Bars by Slick Rick (1994)
- Latin Lingo (Prince Paul Mix) by Cypress Hill (1996)
- America is Dying Slowly by Various Artists (1996)
- Downlow - The Hip Hop Underground by Various Artists (1996)
- The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel by the Gravediggaz (1997)
- Roll With the New by Chris Rock (1997)
- Lyrical Chemical by Metabolics (1998)
- Bigger & Blacker by Chris Rock (1999)
- Both Sides of the Brain by Del tha Funkee Homosapien (2000)
- Dawn of the Dead by Mr. Dead (2000)
- Coast II Coast by Various Artists (2001)
- Against All Odds by Tragedy Khadafi (2001)
- The Best Part by J-Live (2001)
- The Hip-Hop Experiment by Various Artists (2002)
- Paullelujah! by MC Paul Barman (2002)
- Palace of the Pretender by Last Emperor (2003)
- MM..LeftOvers by MF Doom (2004)
- Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud by MC Paul Barman (2009)