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is the second A Prince Among Thieves studio album by hip hop artist Prince Paul. A Prince Among Thieves was well received by music critics. Music essayist Robert Christgau has called it "the closest thing to a true rock opera you've ever heard". 
Background [ edit ]
The concept follows the story of an aspiring young emcee named Tariq, played by emcee
Breezly Brewin, who needs to collect money to record a demo tape before a meeting with Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA. The story follows a desperate Tariq, who quits his low-paying job and turns to his friend True, played by emcee Big Sha, who introduces him to drug dealing. The two make their way through the drug world, a police ambush, jail, and, finally, a deadly showdown.
The album features cameos by
Kool Keith, Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, Biz Markie, De La Soul, Everlast, Sadat X, Xzibit, Kid Creole, Special Ed, Chris Rock, RZA and Buckshot. A single version and video in the style of a film trailer was also produced. Although conceived as a story that would be filmed, a movie never came about. In an interview, Prince Paul said:
"That was the intention. When I first made it I was inspired by
Master P's , I was like this movie is so poorly shot and it’s popular. I could do that with more star power. I tried to pitch it to I'm Bout It Tommy Boy, and they apparently didn’t see the vision. I was like we could make so much money, but they were like 'Yeah, yeah Paul, we’re going to put this million dollars in whatever group' that they had. Then at some point Chris Rock bought the rights to it, but he didn’t do anything with it. So it sits and it sits. If I had the opportunity, if somebody said hey I have a small budget or wanted to get a Kickstarter going, I’d love to put that together." 
Track listing [ edit ]
"Tariq's Dilemma (Intro)"
"How It All Started"
"Just Another Day"
"What U Got (The Demo)"
"The Hustles On"
"The Other Line"
"Crazy Lou's Hideout"
"My Big Chance"
Big Daddy Kane
Chubb Rock, Biz Markie
"Can You Handle It"
"Put the Next Man On"
Breeze, Sha, Superstar
"I Was In"
"My First Day"
"More Than U Know"
De La Soul
"Mood For Love"
Newkirk, Sweet Dee, Breeze
"The Men in Blue"
"Handle Your Time"
Sadat X, Xzibit, Kid Creole
"You Got Shot"
"Every Beginning Must Have an Ending"
"The New Joint (DJ's Delite)"
"A Prince Among Thieves"
"Steady Slobbin'" is a parody of Ice Cube's song "Steady Mobbin'," and both contain a sample of
Average White Band's recording "Reach Out." "What U Got" contains a sample of
Albert King's recording "I'll Play the Blues for You." "Macula's Theory" contains a sample of
Syl Johnson's recording "Wind, Blow Her Back My Way." "War Party" contains a sample of
Gwen McCrae's recording "Love Without Sex". "MC Hustler" contains a sample of
Magnum's recording "Witch Doctor's Brew". "You Got Shot" contains a sample of
Ol' Dirty Bastard's recording "Brooklyn Zoo." "Central Booking" contains a sample of
Lloyd Price's recording "What Did You Do With My Love?"
Personnel [ edit ]
The cast [ edit ]
Tariq: Breezly Brewin
True: Big Sha
Officer O'Maley Bitchkowski: Everlast
Crazy Lou: Kool Keith
Mr. Large: Chubb Rock
Mr. Large Security: Ken (Special K) Spellman
Breakneck: Special Ed
Diehard: Biz Markie
Hooker: Sweet Dee
Crackhead: Chris Rock
Crackhead Girl: Queen Bee
Count Macula: Big Daddy Kane
The Reverend: Dom Dom
Convicts: Sadat X, Xzibit, Kid Creole
Thug Group: Horror City
Paramedic 1: Rodd Houston
Paramedic 2: Wendy Day
Tariq's Sister (Starkeisha): Karima
Police Officer 2: Phil Painson
Police Captain: Danny Madorski
Wu Receptionist: Kamala Gordon
De La Soul
The DJs and VJs [ edit ]
DJ Evil Dee
Bobbito DJ Mecca
Andre (Bless Me) Smith
Ken (Special K) Spellman
The Deadly Snakes
References [ edit ]
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^ Baker, Soren (April 3, 1999). "In Solo Debut, Krayzie Bone Shows Eclectic Talent, Tastes". Los Angeles Times . Retrieved . May 3, 2016
^ Crysell, Andy (February 3, 1999). "Prince Paul – A Prince Among Thieves". . Archived from NME the original on October 16, 2000 . Retrieved . May 3, 2016
^ Stovall, Natasha (March 18, 1999). "Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves". . Archived from Rolling Stone the original on October 2, 2007 . Retrieved . May 3, 2016
^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). . The New Rolling Stone Album Guide Simon & Schuster. p. 657. ISBN 0-743-20169-8.
^ "Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves". (114): 196. March 1999. The Source
^ Kulkarni, Neil (March 1999). "Prince Paul: A Prince Among Thieves / The Roots: Things Fall Apart". . Spin 15 (3): 142 . Retrieved . May 3, 2016
^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 23, 1999). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice . Retrieved . May 3, 2016
^ Yohance Kyles (2013-11-07). "EXCLUSIVE: Prince Paul Discusses His "All Purpose Show," Art vs Business & Refusing To Sell Out". AllHipHop.com . Retrieved . 2014-08-14