Prince Paul (producer)

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Prince Paul
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Background information
Birth name Paul Huston
Also known as The Undertaker, Chest Rockwell
Born (1967-04-02) April 2, 1967 (age 47)
Origin Amityville, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupations DJ, record producer, rapper
Years active 1985–present
Labels Tommy Boy, Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Records
WordSound 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[1]) better known by his stage name Prince Paul, is an American disc jockey, record producer and recording artist from Amityville, New York.[2] 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[edit]

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 1990, Russell Simmons gave Prince Paul an imprint under his Def Jam label, however the only album, It Takes a Nation of Suckers to Let Us In by Resident Alien, was never officially released.

In 1995, Prince Paul co-produced guitarist Vernon Reid's solo debut with Teo Macero.

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.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Collaborative albums[edit]

Production[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prince Paul". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  2. ^ Heimlich, Adam (21 April 1999). "The artist currently known as Prince Paul". Salon (magazine). Retrieved 2 February 2011. 

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